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Everyday Drabbles #232: Symptoms

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“When did symptoms first develop?”
“Maybe about three days ago? I haven’t been sleeping well. Nightmares, and oversleeping, that sort of thing. I didn’t think anything of it until yesterday when I went to temple and I just couldn’t go inside. And that’s when my neck started hurting.”
The doctor examined the mark on her neck. It was clearly a vampire bite. He brushed his hand against it, and the mark disappeared.
“I don’t see anything. Stress can sometimes cause these symptoms. I’ll proscribe you something to help you sleep, and they should clear up.”
“Oh, thank you, Dr. Acula.”

Everyday Drabbles #231: Alien Abduction

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“The targets are secured,” The helmsman said.
“Excellent, we have many questions for these Earthlings, and these are high value targets!”
“Are you sure, sir?”
“Of course! Look how much land these beings are given! Earthlings equate high status to land ownership, and thus beings that live on the largest plots of land are the most important!
Informational broadcasts give their opinions more weight. Their political system favors states with more space and lower populations. These two beings were the largest in the vicinity. Therefore, they will give us the most valuable information!”
“Mooo?” The cow licked the alien’s face.

Podcast – Everyday Drabbles Audio #10: Morning Announcements

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Today’s story is Morning Announcements.
Written, read, and produced by Hugh J. O’Donnell

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Everyday Drabbles #230: The Pearl Hunter

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The hunter examined the pearl with one equally opalescent eye. It was large, milky white, and flawless. She hoped it would be a fitting tribute for the surface people.
The tribute was a humiliation, but necessary. The land people could poison the sea, or simply destroy them with one of their strange weapons. They were at their mercy.
And so, the sea people humbled themselves, and offered up their treasures as demanded. But all the while, they met in secret with the sky people, who lived even above the land. Once the alliance was secure, the humans would be surrounded.

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Everyday Drabbles #229: Sleeping Gods

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The land was populated by sleeping gods, and the humans that found it drew strength and protection from them.
The gods were indifferent to their worshippers, or rather squatters, but they still provided in their way.
The sea near the Ocean God’s shell teemed with life. The weather surrounding the Sky God’s aerie was always perfect. The hills where the God of the Wild rested were green and lush.
Until one day a shepherd grazing his flock on those hills found himself staring into a titanic eye.
“FIVE MORE MILLENNIA,” A rumbling voice muttered, before the eye shut itself again.

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Everyday Drabbles #228: The Call of the Terrarium

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Gemma woke up to find herself both shrunken down, and trapped inside the grasshopper tank. She reached two conclusions that she had no way of testing.
One, her shrinking formula was a success, and two, somebody wanted her out of the way. She didn’t know which of her lab assistants had done it, but she guessed Dan. He seemed the most ambitious, and the least scrupulous of the crew.
He’d probably meant for the grasshoppers to devour her, but she was a scientist, and quickly made two breakthroughs: The insects were surprisingly easy to domesticate, and made for good eating.

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Podcast – Everyday Drabbles Audio #9: Dungeon Master

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Today’s story is Dungeon Master
Written, read, and produced by Hugh J. O’Donnell
This episode’s music is “House on Fire” by Dark Fantasy Studio, composed and produced by Nicolas Jeudy.

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