Ralphie is a young kid living almost entirely on his own in the suburbs. His life is pretty boring and there aren’t too many kids around for him to play with. More troubling, his parents don’t ever really seem to have time for him. So, with little else to hold his attention, Ralphie turns the virtual reality set he got on birthday many years ago. But what is he to do, when the simulations become tainted.
Everybody Wants to Rule the World softly hummed from Ralphie’s headphones. It was something chill and relaxing for him to drift off to sleep to and always had been. For as long as he could remember, Tears for Fears would rock him to sleep. As he rolled up against the wall, cold and almost as soothing […]
Even for such a small patch of grass to call a backyard, Ralphie was usually drenched with sweat before he was through. He could only imagine how hard it would be if not for the pool and brick patio that populated the backyard. Sometimes, after mowing in that summer heat, Ralphie would jump in the […]
Breathing in anxiously, Ralphie watched as the barely white coals slowly cooked the two hotdogs he had set on the grill. In truth, he had never been any good with the grill and didn’t want to admit yet that he had messed up. It would be easy to quit, place the blame on mom and […]
The dim blue light illuminated walls and the floor of a room designed to look like the shelled out cities of the apocalypse. Every detail stood out in vibrant oranges and greens and yellows, painting the vision of a world no longer living. A harsh Klaxon sounded before the mechanical voice sounded off, “Round begins […]
The next afternoon, the pollution in the pool outside had become worse than Ralphie had expected it. Instead of just being clouded, black water, the stuff was forming a thick skin over the surface like dirt-colored algae. He’d have to leave a note on the fridge for dad and mom so they could call a […]
Ralphie sat up in his bed, the horrible memory of being chased down in the theater still fresh in his mind. He didn’t know what to do from here, but he knew he did not want to interact with the headset anymore. How ever, he managed to put the headset on and activate without realizing […]