Friday, December 09, 2011

Setting Alarms (Rewrite)

Alex Albright, 21-year-old Anthropology/Sociology double major, contemplates the sort of paper she could publish on the monster aliens that invaded earth and killed all her loved ones.

It would be about the little things, Alex decides, her head under her desk as one of them moves around her room in the dark. Writing sticky notes, taking photographs, setting alarms. That’s the sort of edge this paper could really bring to the table – the human connection. The sort of tendencies that span galaxies and exist in spite of an urge to exterminate all other sentient life. She could watch them from afar and note them giving each other high-fives with their tentacles and playing cards.

I mean you can't blame her for staying at school up in Vermont. When word first hit the college’s online forums, when the army was still trying to get it together, people started leaving and then never came back. She called her parents; they didn't call back. The city had already been vaporized. Where was she going to go?

And they - I mean, they – hadn’t been around these parts for so long. Only a couple weeks after the touch-down they had left, and she had gotten lonely and then accustomed and then sloppy. She turned lights on at night. She played music out loud.

Mostly, though, she knows it will be her watch alarm that does her in – every midnight exactly, just to remind her to take stock of her supplies. It was eleven forty-eight when she heard the footsteps outside her room, she has been trying to count the seconds.

It touches the bed that used to belong to her roommate. Alex remembers this, mainly: that they had a fight about whose turn it was to buy the milk and cereal that week and then Alex saw her get devoured on the lawn in front of the chapel. It was to say the least an unusual start to her spring term.

She thinks about her pocket-knife, on the bedside table feet away – she knows there isn’t time; they are so quick. She thinks about her parents because she misses them a lot of the time. She thinks about her dog and her old boyfriend. She thinks about the garden she was going to start on the football field.

And then there is a quiet beeping.

It looks down, where a small electronic device wrapped around one of its appendages is glowing. It taps something. The beeping stops.

It walks out and closes the door.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey buddy, it's been awhile, but worth it.

Loyal follower said...

Poor Alex!

Anthony said...

Cheap Cigarettes Newport 100s 2011, Guangxi entire district all levels of tobacco and the government related Functional departments full display cigarette market supervision persistent effect working mechanism function, has developed the multiple cigarette market clearing reorganization special action, the success has banned one batch not to have the card Marlboro Reds to the management cigarette dealer, one batch sell middle-grade, the upscale counterfeit cigarette famous smoke famous hotel primarily to be compelled to close down, the market clearing reorganization work has obtained the expectation effect, effective maintenance cigarette market management order Newport Cigarettes.

Has further consummated the cigarette market clearing reorganization persistent effect working mechanism. The union work reality, the tobacco coordination government each related Functional departments holds the special work meeting, the seminar, developed together raised the cigarette market supervision efficiency the means and the Newport Regular Cigarettes, was unceasingly perfect and the perfect persistent effect cooperation mechanism.Statistics indicated that January, 2011 to October, Guangxi sets out the law enforcement officials 185,000 people in the cleaning up reorganization cigarette market special action Chinese Communist Party, the investigation to ford smoke illegal case 8773, amount 50,000 Yuan above criminal case 257, conform to the National Bureau, the Ministry of Public Security standard to make false smoke network case Cheap Newports.

Ferrets out illegal management cigarette 82,852,400, false smoke 19,415,600, seize and hold in custody the leaf tobacco shredded tobacco 645.43 tons, smashes system false nest 0.18, ferrets out the smoke to use the machinery 27 sets x4pe7he; Transfers the Public security organ to investigate that legal responsibility case 257, the punishment arrests 88 people, arrests 61 people Newport Cigarettes Website.

kevin21 said...

Six Tory Burch Boots designers take Miss Li Jiaxin as the inspiration goddesses, used Shi Hualuo the world singular element to design a unique clothing respectively specially, dressed the demonstration by Miss Li Jiaxin and take on-line auction way as the Hong Kong JMJ child Charitable foundation Tory Burch Flats,Tory Burch Sandals raises funds. Relies on the fellow participants on the Internet the widespread popularity and the huge influence, on-line platform huge permeability; Through the public relations media's interaction, "glitters 7X1" to obtain the community the support vigorously and donates generously Tory Burch Flip Flops.

requirebuyer said...

Planning ahead for your child's Abercrombie & Fitchclothing for one year at a time provides an opportunity for those design-conscious moms to fully match the complete look at one Onitsuka Tigergiven point in time. Planning the baby's wardrobe ahead of time will enable you to buy more accessories as time goes on.Franklin & Marshall Women already look ahead and plan their wardrobes for the seasons, yearly, so it's not a stretch to look ahead a year for a baby, to coordinate a wardrobe north face outletallowing for growth and the season with multiple-sized clothing.

rscredits said...

buy rs gold by phone onebip or sms from Safe Store Rsorder a professional runescape gold seller. All cheap rs gold is transferred without cheats or hacks. rs gold can be supplied anytime. Fast in-game delivery within 10 minutes!cheapest runescape gold for you!