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I stumbled up to the door of the memory studio, tripping on an unexpected concrete step. The sign in the window said they were closed, but that was impossible, I’d timed my arrival perfectly. I banged on the door, the exertion made my vision swim and I leaned against the wall to catch my breath. I heard a click and I spun around just in time to catch the rear view of the clerk walking away from the entrance. I follow them in, the door now unlatched, and head for the counter.

“Picking up or dropping off?” yawns the clerk and sits down on a 3-legged stool covered in duct tape behind the counter.
“Dropping’ off.” I slur.
“Kay.” he punches a few keys on the terminal in front of him and yawns again, “Head down to loading dock 4B.”

I lurch down the hallway he pointed to, and find room 4B. The door grinds open as I approach, sitting by itself in the middle of the otherwise empty room was the loading dock. It looked like a ratty dentist’s chair from the 1950s, except for the headrest, all metal plates dangling wires like dreadlocks down into a rough hewn hole in the floor. I flop into the chair and a little touchscreen chirps happily at me from the right armrest, I punch in the time frame and lean back into the hard metal headrest. The room fades.

I wake up in the chair, half a dozen kinds of hangovers are hitting me all at once. I roll off the chair and onto the floor, determined to keep myself composed until I reach the bathroom. Stumbling out into the hall I limp-run to the end of the hall and slam through the bathroom door scaring a guy doing lines of blue chalk off the sink.

A few minutes later I stagger out of the stall and wash my face in the sink, little streaks of blue left over from the tweaker circle down the drain.
I head back to the counter I see the morning clientele in line turn away from me in disgust, in a few minutes they’ll be buying my night but be hangover-free. The clerk hands me a shiny plastic card and goes back to taking orders.

A few blocks away is an ATM and I check the value on the card. Damn, barely enough to pay for an IV drip of saline. Looks like the next 12 hours are are going to be a hell of a comedown. I find a nearby alley and pull my coat over my head and fall asleep.
Holy shit.
  • Mood: High
  • Listening to: Machines
  • Reading: The Future

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:icondiasyxy:
diasyXY Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
ok, ik u dont know me on the internet, by why haven't u posted or commented in over a full year? or, rather, almost a full year? Sorry, i just had to ask.
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:iconxybre:
xybre Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Has it been that long? I've been busy, working mostly.
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:icondiasyxy:
diasyXY Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
unfortunately, Yes. It has been that long. Do you want my cell number?
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:iconevil-eric:
Evil-Eric Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
you may throw out the first challenge.
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:iconxybre:
xybre Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Mindtoads are crawling on my splinters.
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:iconevil-eric:
Evil-Eric Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
really? you want to be a dick about it? fine.
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:iconxybre:
xybre Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, I was drunk. It made sense at the time.
I'll read what hell hath wrought now.
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philipbrunner Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks my friend! :)
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:iconxybre:
xybre Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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:iconphilipbrunner:
philipbrunner Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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