February 21, 2006

Paths not taken

from - RSA

Sometimes I wonder what things would be like in an alternate reality where people had made slightly different decisions earlier in their lives. For example:

"Son, I know I said this earlier, but I'm really glad you take the time to come visit."

Silence.

"So, what have you been doing in your free time?"

"I dunno. Stuff. Shootin' birds."

"Still good at it?"

"Coupla years ago, me and my friends shot four, maybe five hunnert of 'em. In one trip. Yeah, I'm good."

"Four--five. . .? Well, I'm glad you had fun. And I know you're being careful when you're out there in the woods."

"I guess. Some old guy got peppered pretty good last time, but he's okay now. Says he was sorry he got in the way."

"Peppered? Um, as long as he's okay. Do you have any plans for the weekend?"

"The little guy wanted to go out and clear some brush, but I told him, 'That's bullsh--' Sorry, I mean, 'We got better things to do.' So then he says maybe bike riding. He's always gotta have something to keep him occupied."

"As long as you both stay out of trouble."

Silence. Fade to black.

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Posted by RSA at February 21, 2006 11:29 AM
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