Monday, July 30, 2007

Entry #38

Game for a LARP
by Rachel Green

Harold crouched in the cover afforded by a fallen tree and a dip in the pine strewn earth and smeared mud over his garish paint ball gun. Satisfied that he could blend into the shadows more easily than he could five minutes ago, he took out his binoculars.

A scan of the immediate area concluded, he unwrapped his egg sandwiches and poured lukewarm tea from his thermos. A shimmering at his side revealed the arrival of his friend Jasfoup.

“Why are you lying in muck?” The demon glanced at his soiled suit in disgust.

“Shh!” said Harold, his finger over his lips. “It’s a live role-playing game. Survivors versus zombies.”

“Ugh, zombies.” Jasfoup grimaced. “Which are you?”

“Do I look like a zombie?” Harold paused for a reply and then scowled at the demon’s expression. “I’m a survivor.”

“Ah.” Jasfoup looked over the log. “Is that a zombie?”

Harold followed his gaze to see Simon Peterson walking towards his foxhole, arms outstretched. “Yes,” he said, aiming his gun and firing. Peterson’s head exploded.

Harold went white. “What did you do?” he said. “You’ve killed Peterson.”

“No, you killed him,” the demon said, helping himself to Harold’s tea. “I just changed your gun to a real one. I can’t bear zombies.”

“He wasn’t a real zombie,” said Harold. “It was role-play.”

“He was an accountant,” said the demon through a mouthful of sandwich. “It’s a close call.”

“Good point.” Harold shouldered his new AK47. “So are the rest of his team."


Jaye Wells said...

I love this!

Anonymous said...

Hilarious, good job!

Beth said...

I don't even know what LARP is and I found it hysterical.

Chris Eldin said...

I liked this too! Very funny!

Anonymous said...

I laughed out loud at his being an accountant making it okay, and that the rest of the team was next. Who would have thought that innocent runescape accounts mixed with tag could lead to such anarchy?

Victor Bravo Monchego, Jr said...

Good, you've got a plot with a rise in tension and a conclusion. That's hard to do. Maybe another sanding with fine paper and a layer of varnish, then viola!

Anonymous said...

Very funny, though I have some accountant friends who might see it differently.

SzélsőFa said...

wow. I was shocked. just after, before and during I laughed.

Unknown said...

This is brilliant - I loved the comic twist to the end of a rather creepy tale!

AngelConradie said...

bucking frilliant! love your work!

Khon Lao said...

I was reading along and jumped up when I realized that Harold and Jasoup had appeared here! I took a few deep breaths and then emitted a loud laugh. This forest is really filling up - dragons, dead bodies, accountants and now a demon and Harold!

A great snip in the continuing saga.

Dottie Camptown said...

One of my favorites. I like how easily he surrendered to his demon.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed the turns in this story!

briliantdonkey said...

Nice humor and great story. I would have expected "lawyer' to be his profession, but that makes it all that much better.


Anonymous said...

I really like the casual tone of the dialog with the demon. Chilling in its madness. Very original idea!