This was made in Procreate with Apple Pencil. I also put on a silicone grip because the stylus is slick. I gave myself 30 minutes to make something in Procreate and it turned into an hour’s work. The concept is “fear of the unknown” combined with fears everyone has since they were young.
The old toothbrush sat on his throne and contemplated what to do. He sat in his lofty castle with its dark halls and brooded over the sounds his troops made.
Screams of terror could be heard from far away. Looming footsteps shook the ground; followed by a sound not of this earth. Steal bent back in loud complaint.
“The east towers have fallen, sire,” said the aid.
“Form ranks,” said the toothbrush, “Let every man who can fight prove himself.”
Messengers were sent to relay the last orders of the old toothbrush. He chose to go out fighting. The three months that had been declared the law of the land for each toothbrush to reign, and then give up the throne, had gone. It was now the sixth month and a new toothbrush had yet to show.
“Send the order for every man for himself,” said the old toothbrush, “We will not let our kingdom go into decay.”
They were empty words. The old toothbrush knew his abilities were lax. Were it not for floss and mouthwash the kingdom would be lost. There had to be hope. The dental appointment would arrive soon and with it a new toothbrush.
–From the book of short stories, “I Am Lettuce, Who Are You?”
Excerpt from the short story, “When Medieval Fantasy Meets Modern Dentistry” by Hudson Jamison Toaster-Tabby, submitted June, 1983. Arthur T. Pearl-Lion Publishers, inc, Topeka, KS.
Feel the wind on your face, and the warmth of the sun, as you reside in the depths of a tall tower made from magical red blocks, nestled on a floating island.
From a travel guide for Skydoms, based on technology that allows the user to be teleported inside a mobile game.
Sparks. Find something that makes more sparks. The black slime creature had evaded the sparks sent out by the broken portal generator. June ran to her kitchen with a crazy idea.
In the kitchen June kept a brown paper bag full of sparklers. They were leftover from last year’s July 4th. She grabbed the bag and her cigarette lighter and ran back to the utility room.
June smoked, but not in the house. She never let her son see her do it, knowing the risks and all the scary stuff cigs were supposed to do. For once her bad habit could do something to save her life.
A sparkler was lit. The creature’s slick body reflected the light emitted from the sparkler. It slowly backed away toward the wall. June threw the sparklers at the creature. Not good enough. The creature evaded it until the sparks went out. Then it started to advance.
June went for bear and lit all of the sparklers, throwing them at the creature. So many sparks, so much light.
There was an audible wail as the sparks did their damage. It didn’t take much to quickly incinerate the creature until it was all smoldering ash.
The creature exploded like one of those puffball fungi, filling the room with black, purple, and blue smoke. The smell of death and rotting flesh and decay washed over the room. June, lightheaded, was covered in the ash and ran out of the room coughing and sick to her stomach.
The ash was filling the house. June had to get out of there. she ran to the kitchen, opened the door, and out of the house. the whole house was filled with the smoke and ash, becoming clearly seen by the neighbors. Someone called the fire department. An ambulance was also sent.
“Oh thank God you’re safe,” said June’s mother Carol. Along with June’s mother were Frank and Anne, friends of June. Their children had invited little Eddy to stay over. Eddy was there to visit too.
June had been sent to the hospital for smoke inhalation while fire and rescue personnel searched the house. The entire inside of the house was covered in black soot and it had been determined that the fire started in the utility room.
“What happened?” asked Carol.
“I don’t remember. Electrical shortage maybe,” said June, “I feel fine.”
“No, I mean what happened to your eye?”
There was a bandage on her eye. June touched the gauze lightly.
“It doesn’t hurt. I don’t remember it being here.”
In walked a nurse to check on June. she politely asked friends and family to leave the room. Then a tall man in a black suit with a white overcoat showed up. June assumed he was a doctor.
“Hello, ma’am. I’m Doctor Thomas Phasmid. In addition to your smoke inhalation, we’ve done some tests on the type of smoke. It isn’t anything we’ve ever seen.”
“Why is my eye covered?” asked June.
“Well that’s what baffles us,” said Dr. Phasmid, “It appears the smoke infected that eye, but we were unsure as how to treat it.”
“I feel fine.”
“You’re also on pain killers. The infection was spreading. We removed the eye.”
Excerpt from “Enzectozoid Chronicles: The Legacy of Whartleburg the Whalloper” from the curiously long book of short stories, I am lettuce, who are you?
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Feathers, feathers, and more feathers. All I see anymore are raven feathers.
–From an audiotape from 1983, “Pirates Sail Mashed Potatoes”