National Save the Quill Day
by Sharon Poppen
"Hear Ye, Hear Ye," announced the always-on TV. "Tomorrow is National Save the Quill Day (NSQD)."
Travis looked up from his computer. "National What Day?"
Dustin shrugged. "Wasn't listening." His fingers worked his computer-game. "Die, you dork, die."
"Dude, log off. Our term-papers are due tomorrow."
"Yeah, yeah, oh shit!" A raspberry buzz signaled end of game. "Trav, you broke my concentration." Dustin swiveled and slid his chair over to dock next to his dorm mate. "Now what are you all psyched up about?"
"Guy on the news just said something about quills."
"Like on porcupines?"
"Don't know. I'm doing a Google search.” Travis pointed at the screen. "Look, Dust, it's a writing pen."
"Yeah, like how they wrote before computers."
"No kidding. How’d it work?"
"The original quill pen was a feather from a bird, filed down to a point. They dipped it in black dye to make words or pictures."
"Wow. Cool. How’d they check spelling, check the thesaurus, do cut and paste, delete mistakes and email it?"
Dustin went back to his game, until Travis' next bit of information.
" It says that on NSQD anyone caught using a computer will be restricted to only quill use until next NSQD." Travis hurriedly pulled up his term-paper file.
“When does it start?"
Travis looked at his watch. "Right now."
The half-finished term paper disappeared from the screen. A banner announced NSQD had begun.
"We're screwed." Dustin stared at the banner.
(Sharon Poppen, Lake Havasu City, AZ - author of ‘After the War, Before the Peace’ a novel of historical fiction and ‘Hannah’ a western saga ebook. Awards – Arizona Authors Association, National League of American Pen Women. Visit her website at sharonpoppen.com .)