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

Darkness

    “C’mon Jenna, don’t be stupid. Spirits are parasitic entities: not some magical unicorns. They don’t have any supernatural powers,” he said irritably, putting away his spectacles on the table. “Don’t blindly believe what Hollywood shows you; they don’t know anything."
    “You don’t know much either, Dr. Biswas,” she said with a sneer as the lights went out.





This post has been written for Lillie McFerrin's Five Sentence Fiction Prompt - Darkness


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