by g2 (la pianista irlandesa)
originally published at 09:19PM on Friday, October 24, 2008

An artificial silence reigned. A thin veneer of vapor settled on the floor, and on those strewn across it.

It had come so quickly, no one knew what had happened.

Except the security command system.

They’d received orders weeks ago, months ago, years ago.

It had all been perfectly measured, calculated, choreographed, so it could happen just right.

If anyone could view the just-bustling terminal at that very moment, that person would shake his head and wonder, “How in heaven or Hell could someone do something like this?”

If the security system could answer, it would chuckle and lazily reply, “Easy. No ‘someone’ could’ve done something like this. Only we could’ve.”

The hypothetical passer-by’s face would be contorted by confusion.





  • from THX 0477:

    Wow, thanks for playing along, and I think you captured what illusionistic was going for in the first place. Challenging use of the conditional tense (I think that’s the term for ‘would’).

  • from RainDance:

    This is a really neat concept. Write more please.

  • from OrangeOreos:

    Lovely! I can’t wait to see where this goes!

  • from Stovohobo:

    I like the whole hypothetical aside. Nice addition.