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I found Gaze at the Drake right where I expected him to be; in the furthest corner from the entrance in a booth which no doubt had the cleanest sight-lines in the club. Between the wire-head and I lounged a crowd of slack jawed men and barely dressed entertainers; dockers and soldiers at the end of their ropes in sharp contrast to the paid and pampered flesh workers at the start of their shift.

Gaze had already sized me up before I sat down, and kept his eyes on the door as he spoke.

"You're lucky you're on time, but your interfaces are leaking like shit." He strummed his fingers noiselessly on the tabletop. "We've only got a few minutes to get you out of here before your tail figures out where you've gone, I suggest you start by shutting all of your shit down."

Gaze and I had saved each other's lives many times, I trusted him. I dialed all my electrics to zero and suddenly felt more naked and exposed than any of the club's dancing girls, denied the steady hum of incoming data from the room and the world around me.

"I'm assuming you want your kit patched up and upgraded? Is that what this is about?" Gaze locked onto me briefly, his eyes blinking furiously as he maintained multiple simultaneous interfaces, mine no doubt the lowest resolution. "I've been following your trail all around the city, you're too easy a man to find."

His hands stopped strumming suddenly, and I could see him visibly tense up.

"Whatever happens, you stay dark until I patch this shitshow you're wired with. You light up and I'm gone in a heartbeat, nothing personal, just survival." He almost smiled. "And I make the calls, you follow the orders this time, clear?"

I nodded.

"Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for Mayhem on the center stage," the voice boomed through the smoky room as an ultra low frequency bass-line started worming its way into my head. "Mayhem, for your enjoyment."

As the announcer's voice trailed off, and the heavy industrial dance track gained volume, all of the girls in the club collected their things and moved en masse to the back, some amidst protests from patrons who felt they hadn't gotten their money's worth yet.

Gaze focused on the door across the room, and I turned to see what had caught his attention as two figures in urban assault garb walked into the club.

"The Drake has been actively running blocker for you since you got here." I turned, and he caught my raised eyebrow with a smile, "I upgraded its wetware when I started coming here. I like the girls, some of them are raising families, it's the least I could do to keep them from attracting the wrong kind of attention."

The men at the door started moving slowly into the room, the patrons already on edge with the heavy beat from the speakers and the notable absence of the main attraction. Smoke machines pumped thick white clouds along the main stage, the heavy vapour rolling off the edges and pooling on the floor. Black lights threw white t-shirts, teeth and sneakers into stark relief in the building darkness.

"There's a fire exit beside this booth, and we'll be going through the door and down the stairs when it starts." Gaze's eyelids were a constant flicker, giving him an eerie strobe light visage in the low light.

"When what starts?" I didn't have to wait for an answer.

Gaze spread the virus like fire, every interface in the room was an open door to him, and the smouldering coals of frustration were ripe for the sudden injection of adrenaline and cortisol the codebyte demanded, followed by a series of images designed to provoke a negative response to figures of authority.

When one of the intruders bumped a sailor in the middle of the room, the match was struck.

As the space erupted with yells, swinging fists and flying chairs, Gaze simply got up and moved to the exit. I followed without a sound.

Making our way down the back stairs, I couldn't help but ask. "What do you call that?"

Gaze didn't break stride, and said simply "Sometimes your flavour of brute force and ignorance is called for, I just delegate." A few steps later he looked back and smiled. "I call it Mayhem, I thought you would have figured that out."
From Wikipedia: Flash Fiction - 'Flash fiction differs from vignettes in that the works contain the classic story elements: protagonist, conflict, obstacles or complications, and resolution. However, unlike a traditional short story, the limited word length often forces some of these elements to be unwritten, that is, hinted at or implied in the written storyline.'

In the case of 365tomorrows - Flash Fiction is a story of ideally 500 words, and new in the 3rd year a 600 word maximum.

Having some fun.
The first cut is exciting, unexpected,
edges undefined,

The second depends on the first,
punctuates it,
deliberate, or mistake?

Then the third
exposes a pattern,
no longer the start of a thing,
well underway, and you were watching

You're complicit in the wounding,
you gave permission when
you didn't say no



What you choose will define
the last,
or the next thousand,

Get out?
or bleed out?

You decide,
It's your life.
It's all about the hellawack shiznit that happens inside your brizzle.
Time. I joked once with her that it was simply the thing that stopped everything from happening at once. When she asked me for space I laughed, and said "Of course you can have space, if you didn't, everything would be happening right here."

That's not what she meant. She wasn't amused.

There's that long awkward period of mourning you go through when you stop being part of someone's life, when they stop being part of yours. You do things to help you cope, maybe workout too much, run too far, move to a different city and start drinking all the time. Coping mechanisms. I tried them all, and in the end, I dried up, slowed down and poured myself back into my work. It's ironic that the thing that killed us wound up being the thing I turned to in order to save myself.

My liver has always been shit.

She never believed me when I told her what I wanted to build, and when I tried to explain it she'd wave her hands and talk over me "Too much science, tell your nerd friends, I don't care", and then she'd go watch the gardening channel or the food network or something.

It also seems a little ironic that on the night, in fact in the moment I actually made it work, she pulled out to pass and kissed a semi in the dark. She was my first call, she never picked up. Peterbilt would be her last kiss. I'm still kind of jealous.

So what does this have to do with anything, you ask? Everything, actually.

That thing I made work, notice I didn't say 'perfected', we'll come back to that. The thing I made work with all my nerd-science was a means to take a specific moment in time and space, focus it and revert it to an earlier instance of that point. Kind of reverting to a space-time save-point in real life, like you would in a video game, but without having to have thought to save first.

The equipment is setup in my van just a few weeks from now, parked on the shoulder where the flowers are still piled up for a particular southern belle who's going to have a mishap with a tractor trailer just a few moments further along this timeline.

That's where it's going to stay. Up the road she's in her car, not quite fed up yet with how slow the car ahead of her is driving, and in the distance there's a tractor trailer coming, its driver oblivious to how the night will never end for us.

I'm in the middle, stuck in a moment I can't get out of. I expect I'll stay forever, in this bubble of time just big enough for my mind to race.

Eventually I'm going to go completely insane.

In the end, the thing that killed us, and that saved me from self destructing has now ultimately enacted a fate much worse than death upon me.

Irony has always been shit too.
Irony of Science
From Wikipedia: Flash Fiction - 'Flash fiction differs from vignettes in that the works contain the classic story elements: protagonist, conflict, obstacles or complications, and resolution. However, unlike a traditional short story, the limited word length often forces some of these elements to be unwritten, that is, hinted at or implied in the written storyline.'

In the case of 365tomorrows - Flash Fiction is a story of ideally 500 words, and new in the 3rd year a 600 word maximum.

Something a little different.
“We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.” 
: Charles Bukowski

I've been interviewed...

Tue Aug 12, 2014, 1:23 PM was kind enough to ask me a number of great questions about Science Fiction, and I had a great deal of fun answering them.

If you're interested, you can find the full interview here:…

There are a bunch of other great interviews linked at the bottom of mine, and I'd encourage you to give those a read, as they're with people who share some great insights into a number of fascinating topics.

“Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.”

"It was in love I was created, and in love is how I hope I die"
Paolo Nutini
  • Listening to: Clint Mansell
  • Drinking: Tea


Stephen R. Smith
Artist | Literature
Current Residence: Ontario, Canada, deviantWEAR sizing preference: XL, Operating System: Mac OSX, MP3 player of choice: iPod, Favourite cartoon character: Calvin, Marvin the Martian, Personal Quote: It's not what you're capable of, it's what you do that counts

NOTE: Please don't ask me to donate points, either in public or via PM. I support things I believe in entirely at random, and never on request.

There are a few of you who know I'm happy to put up prizes for Lit contests, and those few of you should feel comfortable asking, but if I don't know you, no offense but the answer will always be no.

Still waters run deep

"Yon Cassius hath a lean and hungry look.
He thinks too much. Such men are dangerous."


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Donotbelong Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  New member Student Writer
Oh, hi and thank you for your kind comment! :)

You're right. A huge part of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' was filmed there, but that was when it was still a 'decent' and safe place. Let's not go there, shall we?

Hope to see you around! o/
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chesterchatfield Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I have to thank you for suggesting me to HtBlack :D Very much appreciated.
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Vestia-the-Fallen Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014   Writer
I just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU for taking the time to give such an in-depth, and insightful critique on TFA Legacy Chapter 1 Part 1! :happybounce: :iconbummiesplz: It's greatly appreciated, and you've made my morning. :D

I might not get a chance to reply today, but I will reply [and make those changes] as soon as I can. Again, thank you so much! :iconyayay-plz:
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Chuchy5 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you very very much for your present and enjoy my work.This means a lot for me.You've made my day. :)
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sylveda Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student Writer
Thanks so much for the :+fav: on 'love letters to introverts'!
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Crystal-Magic13 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:glomp: Thank you for the birthday present! :D
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critmass Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
i am currently reading book 2 of margaret atwood's Maddadam series. have you read them? your thoughts? I hear it will be a tv series in the future....
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Voleuro Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for adding "By the sea" to your faves! Really appreciate it! Bunny Emoji-68 (Bouncy) [V4] By The Sea by Voleuro  
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MSpaintdog Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man,...I just finished catching up on your new stuff! Truly fascinating. Not just stylistically, but the plots are insane!
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3wyl Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello! :wave:

On behalf of SixWordStories, I would like to welcome you to our group!

We have many ways for you to get involved. If you have written six word stories in the past, feel free to submit them to Freestyle! We also have Prompts once every two weeks, where more information is listed here. Our guidelines are listed here, which includes our definition on What is a Six Word Story? to help you. :la:

Basically, all our happenings are displayed on the right side of our front page so please have a browse! If there are any queries, please don't hesitate to contact us! :love:
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homunculus888 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fave. :D
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014   Writer
Thanks very much for the Watch! It's a pleasure to meet you, Stephen. :)
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vespera Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:) thanks for the recommendation to be featured. That was a pleasant surprise. I hope you're well
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hell-on-a-stick Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
you still around, SRS?
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cheekyapple Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Thank you so much for appreciating my work Wolf & I, I'm soo glad you like it .
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moonfrogflying Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for adding Sunset to your favourites, I really appreciate your comments too.   :)
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bynyagmur1905 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thank you sooo much for the  lamaLlama brigade Llama brigade Llama brigade Llama brigade Walking llama Walking llama Walking llama Walking llama Llama Love 
Michaeldavitt Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Writer
wishing you all the Best with everything that is going on in your life

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MSpaintdog Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And a happy new year to you, sir, as well!
libelle Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013   General Artist

Happy birthday! :heart:

May your wishes come true...

:BlackEyedSusan: - NaNoEmo 09 

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