169: The Extractor

Old soldier’s never die, they simply fade away. -British song, quoted by Douglas MacArthur


Lucy gritted her teeth and stepped into the microwave extractor. It was a customary event for people returning from long space travel. The extractor had been created due to concerns about the widespread havoc which could be cause by alien thought forms on earth. After many arduous attempts, scientists had discovered that concentrated microwave rays could eliminate extraneous brain patterns.

Lucy had spent the last three years traveling to different galaxies and solar systems and writing a novel on which dealt heavily with bipedal transportation on earth in the 14th century AD. After the novel was published critics widely panned it as a cheap and unnecessary retelling of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, but these critics clearly had no understanding of the sacrifices and careful thought required to make great art.

Before entering the extractor Lucy had downloaded the novel onto micron chip which the customs officer was guarding, so she really had no need to be concern, but it’s always a little scary to have your brain activity erased.

“Ok,” the operator told her, “I’m going to count to ten and then we will activate the extractor. 1, 2…”

Lucy never remembered the number 10 after that. Something happened with the extractor, a fluke accident that made her unable to count past 9, or carry on a basic conversation.


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27 thoughts on “169: The Extractor

  1. This is a great loss to civilization. It might be why they changed the spelling of Lucy to Loosey. 14th century bipedal transportation has always been an interest of mine (undoubtedly an interest I got from my Auntie Marlene) and I find it pretty devastating that such research was zapped into oblivion in the microwave.

  2. maybe Lucy should go back in the microwave. sometimes that fixes things. certainly helps broken radios if you hit them real hard.

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