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 The world was spinning too fast, and Jim knew that he was going to be thrown off. A flock of porcupines flew by like the winged monkeys of Oz. Colors swirled until they mixed together and everything turned the color of mud. Trees laughed as they were uprooted, freed from their monotonous standing. Someone whispered in his ear… “You’re in the wild, wild west now, baby.” He awoke, breathing hard, behind the wheel of his ancient Pinto. Horns were honking at him as he pulled back into the proper lane. The narcoleptic episodes were becoming more frequent, and he was worried.


 Janice popped a couple of painkillers without water. She was used to it, now, but she couldn’t get used to the pain in her back. It felt like knives twisting into her. The pills always made her sleepy, but there was nothing else she could do to ease the pain. She lay down on the bed and waited for them to kick in. A ‘Scrubs’ re-run was on TV. “Who put the silverware in the pancakes drawer?” It was still funny every time. She wondered if she would go back inside that guy’s head when she slept. She didn’t want to, it must be terribly inconvenient for him. Still, it was fun to whisper crazy things in his ear. Did he remember them when he woke up? “You’re not in Kansas anymore, baby. Welcome to the big time.” Janice watched a lot of TV.
May be the beginning of something...

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LindArtz Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
:D :clap: Awesome! I'd love to read a 400 page book based on this! ^^
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Bark Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Professional Writer
Hahaha, I'd hate to write it! :D
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
 :(  Eh! He's not taking my hint.


:lol: :glomp:
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Haha. Oh those little brown pintos. They were everywhere circa 1980.  What mad engineer dreamed up those bad boys (or we're they girls)?  Top ten for ugliest car ever, right up there with the Pacer
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Bark Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional Writer
Yup!
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FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the kind of insane that makes for great fiction. :D
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Bark Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Writer
This became the beginning of 'The Dream Police' in the new book. :D
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FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't wait to read it.
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pomohippie7 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013   Writer
Congratulations on your DLD, Ron! :clap:
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Bark Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you Jessie! :D
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pomohippie7 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013   Writer
You're welcome, Ron. It was well deserved! :D
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love your quirky prose. :love:
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Bark Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks! This one became a short story too, called The Dream Police. I'm hoping to have a new book of stories out by the end of the year. :)
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That would make me very happy. I loved your book that had more prose in it; I think it might be my favorite. I have the new one, the porkchop one, but haven't gotten a chance to crack it open yet. :D
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Bark Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Writer
The one I'm working on is all prose, and all real complete stories. No gibberish. :)
The Porkchop deal was drearier than I'd thought. Read one of my poetry books and you feel like you've just come back from a funeral!
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm so behind on my replies. :ashamed:  Anywho, I'm excited. Gonna put in an order soooooon.
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alapip Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
well! DLD! i guess this IS something you can run with.

so... start running? :O
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Bark Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks! I've actually completed the story, I just decided not to post it here at DA. I'm working on a new book of short stories. :)
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alapip Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
oh... so there IS something growing inside you - :O
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Bark Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Writer
:D something...
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sincebecomeswhy Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations on the DLD! :thumbsup:
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Bark Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you very much! :D
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

Hey! A DLD, Ron. :sun:

Congratulations! :)

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Bark Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you very much! :D
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Bark Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you so much!!!
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TheLaughingDreamer Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love that and I think that porcupines should very much be able to fly. :D
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Bark Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you! :D
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leyghan Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh man flying porcupines. Thank you for that mental picture. As for the second bit, I love it when prose takes a turn for the weird. Yet this is completely relatable. I often feel when I dream that I'm inside someone's head or that they're inside mine. Who's dreaming who? How far down does the rabbit hole go? 
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Bark Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Writer
I've actually written a very short story with this as the beginning. An old lady who sleeps a lot from medication is getting into the guy's head, causing him to have narcoleptic episodes. Love to have your opinion on it, but I'm not planning on posting it at DA. Maybe I could put it in Stash and send you the link?
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leyghan Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yes. I'd like that. Note me when ready. :)
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x-pyre12 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013

Fantastic!

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Bark Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks!
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Welcome!
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Sherjaxon Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It could be the beginning of something, or just fine and dandy as is.....:-)
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Bark Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks! :)
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013   Writer

:+fav:

A delightful read, from beginning to end. And I like your comment, too.

I have a friend who always has the TV on and says (after she sleeps) that "it was watching me."

You've taken that a wonderful step further. Thanks.

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leyghan Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's cause it is LJ. That's 'cause it is. *cue X-files music* 
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013   Writer

You're right, and so is my friend. That's why I don't own a TV.

On someone else's TV, The X-Files kept me awake for a month.

TV didn't have a chance to watch me, but I'm sure it would if I owned one. *knows X-Files theme music*

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Bark Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you so much! I trust your judgement, so I'm very happy.

(I like that quote from your friend, too. If this becomes a short story, I'm going to use it in some form!)
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013   Writer

You're welcome. :heart:

 

(Feel free to use that quote. She got it from her brother.)

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jennystokes Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well Barky................finally you have got me laughing!!!!!!!!!!!
Is it a 'flock' of porcupines do you think????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
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Bark Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Writer
Only when they fly! :D
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ha! Ha!
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Bark Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you! :)
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Bark Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you, that's beautiful!
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m-gosia Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Heart 
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alapip Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
gee Ron, you're excellent at 'situations'!
there should be a genre... :hmm:

it can stand alone, but you can run with it too.
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