This weeks Trifecta Writing Challenge is to write a story between 33 and words using the third definition of the world decay: to fall into ruin.
The Plastic World of Benjamin Feldermyer
Benjamin Feldermeyer had lived with the ever-present sound of crumpling plastic all his life and was startled awake when the crumpling suddenly stopped.
His ears didn’t understand what was happening at first. This silence was a new noise. Benjamin thought it odd and somewhat terrifying but the longer it lasted the more pleasant it started to become.
He lay awake in his bed of shredded Alhambras and tried to remember when he had heard this odd quiet before. He remembered an ear ache when he was six, and he had heard only muffles. Yes that was it! Shortly before his parents tried to move from Recy 5 to Montana where they heard the worst of the Big Decay was over!
They had trudged all day through the great plastic heaps of Recy 5, and Father said they were just about to a place where they would be able to glimpse the great open space. But they never made it that far. The Bot Controllers had discovered them and made them turn back.
Benjamin was disappointed but didn’t take it as hard as his parents had. That was the last day he had ever heard his father’s laugh. Benjamin closed his eyes tight willing himself to forget.
Snoppy Smith stuck her ratty head into Benjamin’s pligloo and asked her usual question. “You goin’ for bunsbuns today BenBen?”
Benjamin winced. He always hated Snoppy’s voice but in this new silence he hated it even more. Even though outside the new silence was beginning to unravel with the uneasy voices of the people of Recy 5.
Snoppy Smith didn’t mention the silence, and Benjamin hated her even more for that. “Snoppy, don’t you hear that?” Ben asked not even trying to conceal his contempt for Snoppy’s insensitive nature.
Snoppy lowered her voice and said cheerfully to Benjamin. “Isn’t it a wonderful day? There are Bot Controllers everywhere! Everybody says the bun lines will be shutting down early today! Isn’t that funny Benjamin? Hurry BenBen! Hurry!”
Until next time . . . I love you