Z for Zero-sum (Part I)

Freida Dantas stepped out of the queue to look around. The machine wasn’t that far from here–only a few hundred more. She looked behind. The queue went on for as long as she could see. She too had started from the end of the queue many hours ago. The machine took only a second to judge, so the queue had kept moving continuously. But she worried if there were more hopefuls in the queue than seconds in a day. She had been queueing up religiously for her pronouncement every day since she had died.

She’d learned of the system the day she had arrived at the purgatory. Learned is probably not the best word to describe the process. She had woken up in the purgatory a week ago knowing about it instinctively, with no recollection of her prior life. She knew exactly when and where to queue up for the machine. The machine would tell her if it was her time to ascend to the heaven yet. She’d witnessed thousands of ascensions on her first day. The ascendants one after the other had stood under the

The Dentist

    Not a single patient had visited the clinic since morning. clunk... clunk... clunk... She lazily struck the scalpel on the tray as she waited for the doorbell to ring. She had always wanted to be a dentist and own a little clinic in the suburbs just like her father. clunk... clunk... clunk.... But no one had told her that it would be so boring.
    She looked up at him and announced.
    "Daddy, I don't want to be a dentist. I want to be a princess!"
    He patted her on the head. "Whatever you wish, dear. Whatever you wish"

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Friday Fictioneers is a weekly picture prompt that challenges bloggers to get creative in the 100 word limit. The photo this week was contributed by Ted Strutz. You may read the entries at Rochelle's Blog and maybe also add your own.

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