Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Story Seed - The Huckster

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"Ladies, gentlemen, and sentients of other persuasions, step right up for your first view of Queed's dimensional displacement device!" The man, if he could be called that, for he was not so much thin as he was _narrow_ as though he as passed through some tight constriction and been changed as a result, waved a long thin hand towards a cloth covered shape.  Repeating his call the man, presumably Queed, though he claimed no name, nor implied ownership or responsibility for the mysterious shape, gatherer a small crowd, person by person, family by family.

Eventually enough people gathered, milling about in a stringy cluster around the narrow man and his cloth covered mystery.  "Behold!" he cried, pulling the cloth away and revealing a large spider-like structure.  "Queed's Dimensional Displacement Device! Capable of sundering the very fabric of our world and breaching a passage into another!"

Murmers of concern and astonishment filtered through the crowd.  Cries of "Is it safe?", "How does it work?", "Turn it on!", "Show us!", and more rose above the din.  With a wicked smile that worried those few who saw it the creature turned the device on, projecting a tear of light into the space before it.