#8sunday 17/06/18 That First Day at Work 5

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For the next few weeks we are sticking with Daniel Smith’s Story, which is tentatively titled “LabRat”.

BLURB: Inadvertantly ‘rescued’ (by a small admin error) seconds before committing suicide, Daniel is thrown into the Great Wide Multiverse and more adventure and misadventure than his otherwise mediocre life as a door to door vacuum cleaner salesman could prepare him for. He is assigned to the A.S.S. ( Alien Sentience Services) and promptly given a ‘new look’ and put into ‘training’.

We last found Daniel on Bancoon, Argle’s third moon, and a scientific research centre. Daniel has spent his first day with ASS being melted.

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Although it seemed that he had been given the freedom of the facility, Daniel didn’t feel up to leaving his suite. He stalked around the three modest rooms investigating each cupboard and spotless corner.

Finally, he sat, cross-legged, on the low, square stool which occupied the space in front of the screen.

“I would like to watch something, please.” 

“Certainly Daniel, what would you like to see?”

First he started with documentaries, especially about history and the current affairs of the people on Argle. He was grudgingly relieved to see that the general populace behaved just as badly as his once-fellow humans. The politicians were just as self-serving, and big business just as greedy. He should have learned, by now, not to expect miracles. Human nature, it appeared, was not limited to humans on Earth.

©Kim Magennis 2017

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16 thoughts on “#8sunday 17/06/18 That First Day at Work 5

  1. I would have been disappointed to find out the populace of Argle is just as screwed up as earth folk. I want to believe that somewhere out there, somebody has figured out how to use human nature for good.

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  2. That is unfortunate. When we imagine life on other planets, it can be more advanced, the same, or more barbaric. I love reading everyone’s guesses as to what it could be like. Great snippet! 🙂

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    1. Yep, Jessica, I imagine the variations are basically those. It does make a difference whose eyes and ears you use as a writer. All part of Daniel’s blind spots.


  3. I love that last line, and indeed the whole premise of this story. In the trivia department, argle is an old slang word, usually in the context of ‘argle bargle’ for a quarrel. Maybe you knew this, though. It seems to fit the inhabitants of this planet.

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    1. Thank you Ed. I really appreciate that.

      Its a lovely sounding wording in any accent: argle. We also used to use ‘argie bargie’ but it is less ‘angular’ and seems less contentious, somehow.


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