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A Short Story


Jack Forge

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2012 John Stephen Rohde

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Police cars were prowling the city streets like panthers. Nathan knew he was their prey but still could not believe it. As he ducked into an alley, stumbled over a trashcan, and disappeared into shadows, a patrol car cruised past, its spotlight crawling along the wall behind him. Curling into a ball next to a dumpster, he prayed through his panting that the car would pass. Looking for a way out, he caught the glow of a TV in an apartment two stories above his head. Despite his terror at being discovered, a snicker sneaked out of him. "I wonder what they're telling us now," he whispered to himself.

Nathan Rush had always been crazy about television. Watched it whenever he could. People called him a video junkie, but he didn't care. He learned a lot from TV. Besides simply being there, the audio-video device that occupied the most important place in his living room provided all the information Nathan wanted. And believed. To him the machine was a cyclopic oracle that he practically adored. For information on political issues, facts about foreign wars, weather around the globe, movies to see, vicarious thrills in fear and sex, ways to live his life, Nathan found them in the cathode ray revelator. Then one day he was surprised to hear a stunning report on National Network News.

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