I left too soon to find out.

That night, as I lay in the bushes trying to sleep, I had a dream. I flew back to the world, this cruel world I had just left. What impact did my departure have on this? I decided to find out.

I flew to the hospital. It was still dark, so I thought Sam might be working. She wasn’t. She was promoted to hardware technician, my job. But what about the night shift? There is no more night shift. As I walked into the computer room, I saw that the dayend was running, but with no human operators in sight. It was all automated. I saw mechanical, robotic arms switch the tapes to prepare for the backups to come. I learned that the reports were distributed via e-mail now. Candace did it. Had I stayed, she might have granted my one wish to have weekends and holidays free. But I left too soon to find out.

My next stop was my apartment. It was still my place in spite of my eviction. I was in for a shocker. My apartment was gone. It was transformed into the landlord’s residence. Now the landlord can live and work in one spot. She could just open a door from what used to be my room and walk straight to her office. And the office got expanded to allow more room to walk. Best of all, she quit smoking. As I continued the exploration of my old residence, I learned that the residents who chased me out of my apartment were all evicted, too. The people who moved in were a nicer bunch. One neighbor was in the same class with me in high school. My next door neighbor was to play a role in helping me land the perfect job. And where would I have been moved to? I left too soon to find out.

Then I thought of my family. I flew to Tequesta to my parents’ house. The old house was still there. Except a playground stood in the backyard. Near the swings was a pond, which had some goldfish swimming in it. I went inside the house to find a completely different family living there. My parents were gone. They sold the house and moved. But to where? I left too soon to find out.

Shorties.

SHORTEST PLAY

(enter RETSNOM in room with crib)
RETSNOM: BOO!
BABY: YAAAAAAAAH!

SHORTEST BIBLE VERSION

In the beginning, amen.

SHORTEST STORY

Once end.

SHORTEST GHOST STORY

“Boo!”

SHORTEST VIOLENT STORY

Explode.

SHORTEST SEX STORY

Wheee.

SHORTEST SONG

ba

SHORTEST DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

Now!

War.

The young soldier peered beyond his fort and saw a young boy in uniform running towards him.

“Private Williams reporting for duty,” the boy reported with a salute.

“Where’s the enemy?” demanded the soldier.

“Progressing up Coltrane and Colechester.”

“They’re coming in fast!”

The two soldiers ran behind the fort and watched. A bigger one marched towards the two boys.

“Quick! Fire the C-bomb!”

The bomb flew out and shattered on the enemy’s head. He backed away, staggered and collapsed.

“We got him!” Williams cried.

“Look! In the sky!”

“A sky-spy!”

A plane overhead hovered, with 2 glaring eyes, stared at them.

“Fire up a fire bomb!”

The rocket flew up and downed the sky-spy.

Suddenly, the war scene transformed into an ordinary front yard.

“Tom! Jack!”

The two boys stumbled in their father’s uniforms on their way to their mother.

“Shame! Shame! Shame!” yelled their mom. “Look at little Keith. He’s crying because you downed his kite. SCREEEECHH! The mailman’s lying in the front yard! My flowerpot! Oh – WHAT DID YOU DO?”

“Just playing.”

The boys were sentenced to 3 years in prison, which was of course, 3 hours in their rooms.