Key no. 084

Free Write

Allow the prompt to sink in and inspire you. Shoot for 250+ words. Stretch your imagination and aim for FICTION. Don’t forget to hold yourself accountable and drop it in the comments, then move along with your life.


  1. But the problem was never with the rate of turnover for those dreaded gears, but rather the unstoppable reckoning that they heralded. You see, once they began to rotate, that interlocking process could not be stopped or reasoned with. The coming wave of change was a slow-moving, interminable force of latent chaos, producing in its wake nothing if not confusion and the often-violent confrontations of desperate individuals scrambling to carve out an enclave of relevance in the unfeeling, endless bureaucracy that will never acquiesce to their cries for mercy.

    However, just because those wretched cogs never seemed to bring about any good did not preclude the possibility of a relative advantage in the ensuing maelstrom. A savvy opportunist could, if so inclined, deftly maneuver into a broker-type position in the new margins created from the stirring up of society. Endeavoring to exchange access to these wild frontiers for a profit could certainly provide at least some degree of curiosity-gratifying enterprise to an interested party.


  2. Clocking Out

    The gears turned slowly.
    It was slow going
    at the factory today. No one
    wanted to do much of
    anything it was
    Thatsenburger a.k.a. The Machine who wanted speed
    and accuracy. But not today. It was
    Incessant those gears, their speed,
    Slow. I know-
    a dull day, a boring
    day- what can I tell you? The gears turned slowly and Franz thought he
    would go insane. They don’t
    ask-they just
    keep turning. As if
    they knew
    the end.


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