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"Power lines, my travlin' partner on this ride. Dripping, pulling - up and down, in this sing song, their lullaby blends with the swaying train. I curl myself into this journey; folding myself up into this pocket of time. Old familiars greet me - that swing set in the back yard, the ruins of an old church covered in new birth and old - mixed with unremembered newness." Journal Entry, October 13, 2005~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~All words are copyrighted by GoGo on a Page/gogoroku.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Sunday Scribblings: chron·i·cle (krŏn'ĭ-kəl)

This Sunday Scribbling was too fun. I didn't expect the word chronicles to do anything for me, but give me the heebeegeebees from scene flashes of "The Chronicles of Riddek" popping into my head. Yes, I watched the movie. What can I say, I enjoyed "Pitched Black". Oh, I digress. Anyway, I am looking forward to reading others responses to this prompt, which can be checked out here. ~GoGo
The Farewell Chronicles
By Gogo on a Page
Bystanders would later tell the newspapers that the sun gave off a pulse of light as though it were shedding its skin. The effect was a momentary halo, hovering around the sun, and then dispersed. Some would even report sightings of mysterious angelic forms floating in the sky, praising the day. None of these things were documented on film though, so the historical accounts in books were left solely to the facts.

The facts were simple but true enough to border on a miraculous celebration. The temperature that day was a balmy 88 degrees and the sky held a thin layer of cirrostratus clouds giving way to a naturally occuring halo effect. Reports indicate that the event was the most watched program in history. Globally, a billion people watched television that day, a day that would be nicknamed, “El día el diablo dejado el offce”. Though the exact number of viewers cannot be found, many reports indicate that on average every household with a television in the world hosted on average 5-6 additional people during the event.

Additional reports indicate that Washington DC had to close its borders to citizens trying to enter the city due to “homeland security”. Traffic reports indicate that the streets were so cluttered with vehicles that no movement was capable on the roads from a five mile radius outside the city. In fact, individuals were reported to leave their cars on the freeway choosing to walk into the Capitol. Due to this congestion of citizens entering the city, a high number of vehicle deliveries and home births were also reported, the Medical General’s Office reporting a 5.5 increase from normal home and vehicle birth rates. Those who did make it to the hospital to deliver reported going by foot. In fact, one report confirmed by a news broadcast, was a woman being surfed by the crowded sidewalk of people above their heads to the hospital. The woman told the news center that, “I needed to get there, so I had no choice but to jump into the crowd like I was at a concert. The miracle is that everyone caught me and started shouting, ‘she’s going to the hospital, she’s going to the hospital!’ Somehow, I made it to the hospital on top of the crowd and delivered a healthy baby.”

When former President Bush began his speech fifteen minutes past the hour, a low hum was heard on all the video feeds. Apparently, everyone in the whole city began to hum “Hit the Road, Jack” by Ray Charles together during his entire farewell speech. At the moment when it was finished, satellite reports at universities across the world reported a natural audio phenomena picked up on the feeds outside the earth's atmosphere. The Genius Book of World Records reported that this was the cheer to be heard around the world.



Blogger Bongga Mom said...

What a great twist! I thought I was reading about the end of the world, when in fact you might actually be chronicling (is that a word?) the beginning of a new world! :)

4:37 PM, January 26, 2007  
Blogger Rethabile said...

Yeah, I thought it was armageddon, too. This was a nice take on the prompt.

12:11 AM, January 27, 2007  
Blogger Inconsequential said...

You mean bush isn't trying to end the world before his term in office runs out?

A cheer loud enough to penetrate vacuum, I can see how bush quitting the office would cause that :)

Enjoyed this post. Crowd surfing expectant!

5:09 AM, January 27, 2007  
Blogger Delena said...

*standing ovation*

this was, quite simply, incredible. it sucked me right in, this phenomenon spreading from the D.C. epicenter and embracing the world. it was lyrical and soothing and captivating, and so many small things brought together to form the world "miracle."

the crowd surfing momma was an excellent touch, too, by the way. i might just have to find my way to D.C. on that day, just to see if i can start everyone humming "hit the road, jack." it might be interesting. who wants to come with?

6:15 AM, January 27, 2007  
Blogger paris parfait said...

Clever take on the prompt! Some chilling thoughts here.

9:33 AM, January 27, 2007  
Blogger sognatrice said...

Love it! And I'm more excited than ever for 2008....

12:10 PM, January 27, 2007  
Blogger GoGo said...

Thanks all. I love these Sunday Scribbling exercises because I normally start out with just a sentence in mind and then go from there. I'm as surprised by the end as most readers. Its fun to do. I loved crowd surfing momma when she appeared in story.

I also love reading everyone elses takes. You alls words inspire and stretch the imagination threshold.

Word to the crowd surfing mammas out there.


5:29 PM, January 27, 2007  
Blogger rubyslippers said...

Hooray!! His leaving office may just be THE thing that brings us all together! And causes more home births, to boot!! I like it!

9:07 PM, January 27, 2007  
Blogger Janie Hickok Siess, Esq. said...

That was a very unusual twist on the prompt. But he can't leave soon enough to suit me. (Lewis Black is right!)

10:38 PM, January 27, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

VERY fun and clever take on the prompt (and oh, how I am wishing for that day!)

11:11 PM, January 27, 2007  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

Really good take! The ending is great.


1:51 AM, January 28, 2007  
Blogger Waspgoddess said...

Fantastic! I salute you.

8:08 AM, January 28, 2007  
Blogger gkgirl said...

this was excellent!

8:16 AM, January 28, 2007  
Blogger Tammy said...

Very creative and a tad scary ;)

6:25 PM, January 28, 2007  
Blogger Jane said...

Great post!!! I love the song reference at the end. I'll have that on my mind all day :))

11:22 AM, January 29, 2007  
Anonymous pluto said...


Hey, there. Sorry to have been out of touch.

Well done! (LOL) Provocative, but in a "tricksy" kind of way. You made the prompt real and delivered a very political sneak attack.

But I tell you. Your story makes me hopeful. Perhaps W. will unify us all before the end!

9:23 PM, January 29, 2007  

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