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

General Flight Safety

    “For a moment there, I thought we were toast! That manoeuvre around the storm was truly inspired.”

    “We are not destined to die here, Danial. God will guide us. Do not worry. Just make sure that the pilots stay unconscious.”



Word Count: 40
Linking this to the Fiction Challenge ‘From 15 to 50′


This is my first attempt at Shailaja's monthly 15 to 50 challenge. I might be a little late submitting this one. But I promise to be on time from the next time onwards. :D

Some great poetry has been submitted this time. Do check out the link above.

The prompts for this month were
1) Destiny
2) Jaws of Death
3) [pic] A praying Mantis* Eating a Worker Bee.
*It could as well be a cricket; I'm no entomologist. But a praying mantis is the meaning I took to come up with this story.

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