Sunday, April 20, 2008

Double Drabble Sunday! Prompt: Boom

Business as Usual

First, I want to dispell a misconception that’s been floating around. We are not in any danger of layoffs. It’s been bandied about in the media that the so-called man from the future will destabilize the insurance market, what with his stories of immanent collapse and chaos. This couldn’t be further from the truth – in fact, business is booming. Everyone wants more insurance, if anything, in case they survive to collect.

And here’s the great part. Whether this guy’s fake or real, we’re raking in the dough. If he is real, we probably won’t be here to pay out.

The Drive

"Ay! Johnston!"

I turn towards the cry. Elroy Thorpe’s standing out on the boom, pole hard in a large snag of logs. The logs continue to pile up. I hurry down the boom to help out. If too many more logs drive up against the snag, they’ll be impossible to get unstuck.

The log Elroy is trying to pry loose isn’t going anywhere. I deftly slip my pole in a gap and begin shifting logs to get at the real snag.

Elroy’s log suddenly gives way, and he falls, half in the water.


There aren’t many old log drivers.

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