Our pal Kit hits us up with some more Kick Ass Stories You Should Really Check Out!
“But that was life: Nobody got a guided tour to their own theme park. You had to hop on the rides as they presented themselves, never knowing whether you would like the one you were in line for…or if the bastard was going to make you throw up your corn dog and your cotton candy all over the place.” – J.R Ward, Crave
So it’s Friday night, I’ve just passed my probation at work (yay!) and guess how I’m going to spend it… being super cool and awesome by writing another Kick Ass Stories! Clearly I’ve been distracted lately in writing these, but hey, these are fun, right? So let’s bring them back on that wonderful high notes: Everything sucks!
I’ve picked two really good, but unfortunately really depressing stories this week. Each of them puts you in a situation you think you’ll be fine in when actually, you really won’t. Our first story will take on the idea that we all watch or listen to shows or films and think ‘pffft, if that was me I’d have pulled the trigger/not stood there like a moron/RUN SIDEWAYS (looking at you Prometheus)’ when in many of those situations yes, we’d freeze up and probably die. The other one looks at what happens when our faith is put to the test and how the truth of the matter may even be worse than you thought possible.
Right. Procrastinating done. Onto the article!
Becca at the End of the World
“So hi. My name is Becca Martin. I have been bitten by a damn zombie. My mom is going to be taping this because we don’t know if anyone has any data on what happens exactly and, like, mental changes… and also I just wanted to talk. I’m sixteen. I’m going to die in probably about an hour.”
We all know the scene. A couple are in a zombie film, running from the hordes, and suddenly one of them does something plain stupid. They go back for that one character nobody likes, try to get that photo they dropped or just get unlucky and trip. Crunch. That’s right, they’re bitten. So what’s the right thing to do? Clearly put a bullet in their eyes ASAP. Often, this does eventually happen, but not until there’s been a long drawn out death scene with lots of last regrets and ‘NO! THEY’RE GOING TO BE FINE!’
We’d all just finish it, right?
Well, would you? Would you really? And if you did, can you imagine how hard it would be? This story is great, Becca has been bitten. We don’t know how, we just know she has been and both she and her mum know they can’t do anything. They set up in an old school room and film Becca’s final hour in an attempt understand what happens when somebody changes. The plan is for Becca’s mum to finish things when the time comes. And that’s the plot. You don’t get to see what happens after or the rest of the world. It’s irrelevant. What is relevant is what matters, the fact that in a zombie apocalypse we’ll lose people we love.
It ends with her mum’s choice: do I kill my zombified daughter?
Of course you’ll have to read or listen to it to find out!
Author: Shira Lipkin
Audio: http://www.drabblecast.org/2014/02/08/drabblecast-b-sides-39-becca-end-world/ (members only)
“It is three thousand light years to the Vatican. Once, I believed that space could have no power over faith, just as I believed that the heavens declared the glory of God’s handiwork. Now I have seen that handiwork, and my faith is sorely troubled. I stare at the crucifix that hangs on the cabin wall above the Mark VI Computer, and for the first time in my life I wonder if it is no more than an empty symbol.”
Faith: something we all have in one way or another. Not necessarily in religion, it could be in a political party, sports team or that George RR Martin won’t kill off your favourite character.
This is a story about somebody’s faith being tested to the brink. Set 800 years in the future our protagonist is part of a research team exploring the universe. As they travel the universe their faith in God is put to the test.
The story focuses on their discovery of a small planet is the Phoenix Nebula. An ancient, advance and peaceful race lived in this solar system who have died out. Before they died they managed to create a beacon, containing a record of their entire history before their sun exploded into a white dwarf. Dealing with this is the ultimate test of faith.
There’s of course a little more to it than this, but I won’t give away the ending. The story asks what is better – a God who allows death and destruction or to be in an uncaring universe where catastrophes happen for no reason other than being the result of a reaction or equation?
Of course I have no answer for that, and the chances are you have your own opinion on it already anyway.
This story was first written by Arthur C Clarke and is heralded as a bit of a classic. I’d recommend listening to the Drabblecast version. Norm delivers it brilliantly as usual and really brings it to life more than just text on a screen can.
Author: Arthur C Clarke
Hope you enjoy both of those! I’ll try to come back with something a little more cheery next time! There’s been a fair bit of death and things not being so great on these lately… How about cats next? Yeah… cats… the internet definitely doesn’t have enough of them!