Archive for May 27th, 2011

27th May
written by amber


I can’t believe my eyes….a flotilla of thirty-eight…yes THIRTY-EIGHT…white pelicans are passing before me on my lake. And each and every one of them is scooping up my fish as fast as they can. Damn!

I check my console and discover I left the default for ‘enable birds’ on. Oh well, there’s nothing I can do about it now. Dialing down the temperature a bit – seeing those annoying birds heated me up – I enjoy my cup of coffee on the dock while I revise my plan for the day. Fishing is still on, of course, but I won’t pack a lunch, I’ll spend some time at my desk researching a humane way to eliminate the pelicans.

Keeping an environment in balance is trickier than you’d imagine. The giant trout taught me that. If I bring in super raptors to hunt the pelicans, what will they eat when the pelicans are gone? My fish? When my neighbour engineered a virus to combat mold on his pineapples, the damn thing turned on him, would have killed him if I hadn’t gone over to complain about the peacocks’ continuous screeching.

But, my god, this is fun. Possibly more fun than fishing. It reminds me of the computer games I played when I was a boy, so very many years ago. In fact, I keep expecting to hear my mother pounding on my door, demanding, “Robert, get outside into the real world and turn that fake world off.”

No chance of that now.

The Story 365 project is a year-long marathon of short story writing, with a new story posted every day on this website from May 1, 2011 – April 30, 2012.  Stories must be a minimum of 200 words.  Please help me by adding first line suggestions in the Comment section.

Today’s first line was suggested by Arlene Dahl.  Thanks, Arlene.