"Have you seen the news? We are in the worst timeline!"
"No, we are not. We are in one of the better ones."
"How can you say that?"
"Because we will bring the world back from the brink."
"How? How can you still have hope?"
"Otherwise this would be the worst timeline."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

"Excuse me," the man - a foreigner, by his strange accent and clothes - said, "are you William Shakespeare?"
Will rolled his eyes. Fame was nice, but right now he just wanted to have a few drinks with his friends. "No, I'm the Earl of fucking Oxford."
The man disappeared.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

A spaceship landed, and an alien emerged.
"Greetings," it said, "um. We apologise for abducting your leader. We did not notice her coming aboard when we were here last week."
A cat emerged from the spaceship and sat down to clean her paws.
"Here she is," the alien said.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

I am far too excited for Playdate, Panic is amazing. There’s no doubt I won’t actually get very far, but I’m going to start playing around with Codea on my iPad again to learn Lua, with the eventual idea being to make a TWINE-like interactive fiction interpreter for the system.

The demon appeared in the summoning circle.
"Cool!" one of the astronauts said.
"We have summoned you," the other said, "to carry a message to Earth."
The demon glared at them. "Where. Am. I."
"In orbit. Tell Ground Control we are okay, but the solar storm killed our radios."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

People talk shit on ska but it was the first actively anti-racist scene I'd ever witnessed, and that was radical to me in Arkansas at the time.

"Very few people can survive cryo-sleep."
"People, you say."
"And they need much less food."
"The perfect interstellar astronauts."
"You want to send vampires to represent humanity?"
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

The knight looked at the purring pile, and turned to the dragon.
"You hoard cats?"
"Aren't they sweet?"
"You can't sleep on a hoard of cats!"
"Of course not. They usually sleep on me."
"You are their hoard?"
"Why so concerned with labels?"
"I don't want to fight you."
"So don't."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

"Genie, can you give me a superpower?"
"Only one: that all fiction you consume becomes true."
"That sounds great, give- Wait, all fiction?"
"I could not give up so much."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

"I wonder," said the robot, "do you think I am human?"
"You feed me, and stroke me, and you are warm to sit on," said the cat.
"Does that make me human?"
"No. But tell me, do you enjoy my company?"
"I do," said the robot.
"That is all I ask of any human," said the cat.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

Status update, pls boost.


Ice storm has taken out power at site. Will be back up tonight at current estimate.

Reading online news, 2008:
- go to website
- read news

Reading online news, 2018:
- go to website
- no, don’t share location
- hell no, don’t send me notifications
- consent to cookie warning
- consent to policies
- no, don’t open in app
- no, don’t want the newsletter
- skip inspirational quote
- close full page ad
- read news

Every so often I think about Steal This Book’s pets segment, which encourages US citizens to take advantage of the government’s free buffalo program

"Excuse me," the robot said, "but I must go recharge."
"So soon?"
"My microphones are bad. I compensate by running audio processing at a higher clock speed, but that drains my batteries faster."
"Oh. I just thought you weren't very social."
"Many of us have similar issues."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

Every now and then, he heard a strange sound, as if someone was turning a page.
One day, he asked into thin air: "Am I in a book?"
- to ignore his question, turn to page 57.
- to confirm it, turn to page 98.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

"I can't help you," the witch said, "I can only mend what is broken."
"Am I not broken?"
"Your soul is hale, your body is hale. They just don't fit together. It happens."
"Is there nothing you can do?"
"Find someone else with the same complaint, and I'll swap your souls."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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