[LNHY/ACRA] The Daily Super Short-Short Story #20
saxon.brenton at uts.edu.au
Mon Sep 27 00:44:09 PDT 2004
The Daily Super Short-Short Story #20
A Devil Came Down to Georgia 2
Last Time: Damian the nightsider wondersock was heading towards town
using a possessed human as his vehicle, intent on doing evil.
As he got closer to town Damian reached out with his mind and
began scanning the area for appropriate victims. On the one foot this
was easy, because Damian made his human mount take off his shoes while
driving; but on the other foot it was harder because Damian was still
down near the pedals, surrounded by the cold steel of the truck cabin.
The situation would reverse itself when they stopped and Murdock got
out, swapping Damian's confinement in the cabin for confinement in
Anticipation gripped Damian. If the sock could have breathed in
with a sigh of delight, he would have. .oO( Choices, choices, so
many wonderful choices. )
The rig pulled up at a truckers stop and Murdock pulled on his
boots. Damian hated the fact that God's curse meant that, except
under rather special circumstances, the socks could only totally mind
control their victims while on their feet. Influence, make suggests,
or put strange ideas into the meat-sacks' minds was okay from a
distance, but properly *controlling* their victim... Nup; had to be on
their stinky monkey-boy feet. But if that's what it meant to travel
around and scout out a proper victim...
Damian let Murdock eat a meal as part of his cover, then took
the man for a walk around and about. There was one fleeting impression
in particular that the sock was interested in finding, but along the
way he took note of other enticing possibilities.
Like the teenager in a drug pushing syndicate who needed just a
*bit* more cash to maintain the lifestyle that he was using to impress
his girlfriend, and who Damian was sure could be manipulated into
doing something *really* stupid...
Or like the senator's wife who was growing bored with being the
decorative-spouse-from-a-wholesome-family, and might just be lead
into an ultimately embarrassing extra-marital fling...
Or like the hospital manager who was taking short cuts with
supplies that, if exacerbated, could lead to a quite a number of
Damian was so engrossed with these possibilities that he was
letting Murdock run on automatic. This was a mistake, because when he
was being directed by Damian, Murdock didn't have much of what could
be called analytic functions, and so neither of them reacted until too
late to the mugger that grabbed Murdock's shoulder, swung him around,
and smashed a fist into Murdock's face.
Tomorrow: A fight scene
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