As you may have noticed, I have been posting more fiction than travel writing lately. I’ve been working on a few travel/lifestyle writing projects, which means my nonfiction writing has been going elsewhere (Hooray!) rather than here on my blog. However, I’m still plugging away at fiction writing in my free time.
This bit of flash fiction wasn’t ready to be submitted, but I liked it anyway. With no characters and no plot, it isn’t truly a complete story, and when I searched for “science fiction, experimental, flash” on searchable market databases, the list seemed fairly short. So, here it is: The Instruction Manual. Enjoy!
The Instruction Manual
Congratulations on your purchase. Please read the following instructions carefully before using your new device. WARNING: IMPROPER USE OF THIS DEVICE COULD CAUSE IRREPARABLE DAMAGE, ILLNESS OR DEATH.
Step 1: Carefully remove device from box. Insert two (2) AA batteries (not included).
Step 2: Apply protective gear: one (1) protective gown, one (1) pair of eye goggles, two (2) rubber gloves. NOTE: Before wearing protective gear, check all items for any punctures or cracks.
Step 3: Turn on the device using the red on/off switch.
Step 4: Place the device near the intended recipient(s). The target(s) with whom you intend to switch places must be within two (2) feet of the device. Expect the transition to be complete within thirty (30) minutes. CAUTION: RESULTS MAY VARY. RESULTS MAY BE PERMANENT. DO NOT USE IF YOU OR THE INTENDED RECIPIENT(S) SUFFER FROM FOOD ALLERGIES, ASTHMA, OR HEART DISEASE. DO NOT USE IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS PREGNANT. CONSULT A PHYSICIAN BEFORE USE.
You are now ready to use your device and enjoy the freedom that comes with interhuman morphing, “the most popular pastime of 2081,” according to All Humanoid Magazine.