flash fiction challenge. A story under 300 words using the words: button, beach and cloud.
|Not only was the cloud button black, but it also had a piece of tape stuck just above it. The words “DO NOT TOUCH” were scrawled in thick black ink across the face of the tape. An exclamation point was not necessary, the instructions were clear. This particular button was out of reach and had been placed in that particular spot and labeled in such a manner for good reason.
Gary had heard stories about that button, ghastly stories. He glanced up at it, just for a second, and then quickly diverted his eyes back to the main section of the console where there were several other buttons, a few switches and a dial that was set to fifteen on a scale of zero to twenty five. The buttons had at one time been green, but with years of use had worn to a dirty off white color.
A pleasant chime floated across the small stuffy room from a speaker next to the clock. Gary checked the time on the clock, verified that it matched the time on the digital display on the console and pushed one of the off white buttons. He’d been doing the same job for seven years, seven boring years and still had no idea what any of the buttons did, but the paychecks kept coming and that was good enough for him. No it wasn’t, it wasn’t good enough, he thought.
“Do this Gary, don’t push that Gary,” he said aloud, standing in frustration.
He climbed onto the chair and reached for the black button. What are they going to do, fire me, he thought. I need a vacation anyway, the beach sounds nice.
He pushed it.
Somewhere far away Noah looked up at the darkening sky. “But I’m not finished yet,” he yelled.