April, 2013 Archives


The Life And Death Of A Stand-Up

by thegooddoctor in 100 Words

He believed he had the crowd in the palm of his hand, teasing them, provoking them, then hitting them with the punchline when they least expected. He heard their laughter. They were his.

But then she interrupted. She told him to stop. She told him she was offended.

Suddenly, they were lost. They hated her, but it didn’t matter. She may have committed the sin in their eyes, but he was unable to respond and so he’d lost his grip on authority.

She was the awful one but he was the one they took outside and shot in the head.


Outcome Blindness

by thegooddoctor in 100 Words

Judge Lehman banged her gavel, demanding silence.

“One more outburst and I will find you all in contempt.” The watchers reluctantly sat back down, their grumbles still filling the room. The judge asked the defendant to continue.

“As I was saying, the numbers clearly indicated there was an overwhelming likelihood the conflict would be resolved with a minimal loss of life. We forecast there was only a tenth of a percent chance we’d have more than 100 casualties.”

The prosecuting attorney pressed on. “Over three million citizens died.”

“Yes, but this was an extreme outlier. You obviously don’t understand statistics.”


Lake Wakona

by thegooddoctor in 100 Words

George and Kristen were counselors at the Lake Wakona Christian Retreat. They’d met there several years before as campers and were eager to become reacquainted now that they were in high school.

First love can be a majestic experience, filled with dizzying heights of emotion, but almost always ending in a pit of despair. For George and Kristen it would be no different. They shared their first kiss and pledged to love each other always.

Fortunately, George and Kristen would spend the rest of their lives together. Unfortunately, they were both killed that summer by the Lake Wakona chainsaw butcher.



by thegooddoctor in 100 Words

He dreamed of realities that could never be. He dreamed of being an Olympian. He dreamed of winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. He dreamed of traveling to Mars and back or building a time machine. He dreamed he had the power to grant every wish. He dreamed of immortality. He dreamed he was the Creator and this entire world was a figment of his own imagination. He dreamed of true love.

Because of all these impossible dreams, he never achieved any of his dreams that were actually attainable. They all seemed pointless when compared to what was impossible.


Jodi Versus The Rain

by thegooddoctor in 100 Words

Jodi watched the rain through the picture window. She’d never be allowed outside as long as the weather continued, but she looked and she plotted and she convinced herself that what her parents didn’t know couldn’t be punished.

She wrapped herself in plastic and stuffed her rain pants down her galoshes and even wore a special talisman that was meant to keep water away from her skin. She looked ridiculous but she was ready to take on the rain.

Although Jodi fought valiantly, she succumbed to the same fate as her great-grandmother. Witches just weren’t meant to battle against rain.



by thegooddoctor in 100 Words

Buzan was an idiot-savant. His memory was prodigious, but he could not make use of the information he could recall. His parents discovered that he was an extraordinary pianist. He would play a piece through, having only heard it once on the family phonograph. He often “composed” pieces on the spot, some derived from the tones generated by the appliances in his mother’s kitchen, or his father’s shop. Most of his day was spent in the corner of the front porch playing rock, paper, scissors, by himself. The hours would fly by, and Buzan would nap on the porch swing.

From Guest Contributor, Thomas Pitre