Eyes Raised, Expectations Lowered

by Mycroft
originally published at 01:21PM on Saturday, April 26, 2008

Together they stand, ranks of people. From all walks of life they come, of all races and creeds. For some, this is a regular destination; for others, it is a strange place, a haven of the unknown.

Regardless of personal differences, all stand together, forming rough lines and slowly shuffling forwards. Reaching the front of their line, they raise their eyes and study the words and images inscribed above them. They begin, slowly, to speak.

The words come hesitantly, taking a while to form within their brains, but they manage to stumble through their brief piece, pay their offering and receive their reward. Heads bowed, they move off through the crowds, knowing that once again they have completed their daily ritual.

Such is the scene at the temple of McDonald.




  • from thebetweenspace:

    Very nice. I like the surprise ending.

  • from Ridcully Calvert:

    Great ficlet. A wonderful comment on modern society – Ray Kroc sure got around the world fast!


  • from Eckhouse:

    Nice work! I will never order a value meal in the same way again.

  • from ♠Ana Cristina♥:

    LOL at Eckhouse’s comment because that’s exactly how I feel after reading this. It’s brilliantly written, and the title is perfection.

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  • from birksy:

    uncomfortably shuffles forward: sees himself mumbling: good observation, and cleverly worded into a religious experience. had a feeling it was going to be the job centre, but that’s too much ‘Full Monty’ watching.
    very enjoyable