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He calls it Microfiction...

...but Pulp Decameron kind of defies easy definition. There's elements of the hitherby about some entries, while others approach prose poem. In any case, this project -- one hundred microfictions playing off of ten classic pulp genres -- has been interesting and intriguing, and Snowspinner (I have no other name for him) has been diligent in producing.

Well, today's entry -- I am Ready to Serve my Country -- is my favorite so far. It's light, it's funny, and it's creepy all at once. It also highlights the chameleon nature of the work. Yes, it's short and pulpy, but it could just as easily be poetry. Taking his Creative Commons License at face value (and making sure I both credit him and release the work under the same conditions, so check the link to see how this particular post varies from my normal Creative Commons license), we have the following:

I have mastered the art of surveillance.

For the past four years
I have meticulously watched
The same woman
Through my telescope.

I know every bra and pair of panties that she owns.
I can describe, to the millimeter,
The location of every blemish on her body.
I have also learned endurance.
I went the entirety of last March without touching myself as I watched her.

My language skills are admittedly below
What you typically ask for in your operatives.
However, I am a fast learner.
In the event of interstellar war,
I am prepared to speak Klingon.

In desperate situations,
I have learned that I can kill another man.
A month ago I went out and found a homeless man.
I lured him to the railroad tracks and garroted him.
The police have yet to name a suspect.
I am confident that they never will.
The experience was exhilarating,
But not so exhilarating.
I would not consider myself a psychopath.
I am confident
I can keep my random murders down--
Once a month
With minimal effort.

My resume is attached.

See what I mean? (Though for brevity's sake, I cut the paragraph on Final Jeopardy.) Go read the original, and the all the rest. They won't take long, but they convey lots of flavor for the size.


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Phil Sandifer.

His name is Phil Sandifer. :D

Yeah, my name is on all the copyright notices. :)

(And now what am I supposed to do? I was going to bid in January. Maybe I'll just pay for a second, meatier snark. :))

Stellar stuff. Bravo, Phil.

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