Thursday, September 23, 2010

the blue dot affair

"It sounds like six billion souls in torment," she announced, and, with a dismissive flick of a heavily bejeweled finger, flicked the power switch off. "Not exactly the effect I was going for."

"But madam," he protested, "we have set up all the parameters exactly as you specified." He willed himself to maintain contact with those piercingly formidable eyes, not to blink, not to look away. "And at considerable logistical and monetary cost, I might add."

"That's not my concern," she shot back. "I provided the vision and the financial means to accomplish it; it was the responsibility of your corporation to make that vision a reality." She adjusted the fox stole around her hunched shoulders, shifting the lush tail a fraction of an inch to the left. "This is the most ambitious art installation in the history of humankind and if you cannot provide the logistics to successfully complete it, then refund my deposit and I will find somebody who can."

He shifted uncomfortably. He could not afford to let this monumental opportunity slip away from him. To be known as the foundation that successfully produced the Blue Project would be enough to set him up for life. No more kowtowing to the Universal Federation of the Arts, no more undercutting other bids to produce overblown autobiographies of warlords, no more snuff films.

"Okay," he sighed. "We will re-calibrate the audio recorders so that they are closer to the ground, adjust the ultraviolet filters on the cameras, and then we will increase the dosage of lysergic acid added to the earth's bodies of water."

She regarded him for a moment, raised an eyebrow and rose out of her chair. "Good," she declared. "I want to see humanity phosphoresce this time. Vividly." She strode toward the door, then turned and added "And this time turn that damn system up to 11. It's German engineering, it can handle it."

12 comments:

L said...

Well, isn't this fun?!

And as for spotting a "blue dot," is that literal or imaginative... or both? Like in the ring and her eyes and water?
Or perhaps I missed the assignment? I need more coffee!

Either way, you are quite the storyteller!

Lesley

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It actually was meant to be literal definitions, but I like how you think outside the box on this one, Lesley!

No moss on you!

Allison said...

I'll forgive you for making me think of fox stoles because that was a very intriguing piece to read. :)

More please.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Sorry about the fox stoles, Al, but she just seemed like the type to wear a dead animal around her neck for the hell of it.

Glad you liked it!

Stephanie said...

Should we email our quotes? So we don't give our answers away?

Email sent!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Got it, Stephanie, thanks! Interesting approach...

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I made this contest a lot tougher (or perhaps just more perplexing) than I should have. Kudos to Lesley and Stephanie for giving it such a valiant effort. You both got game, and for that you shall receive a small consolation prize in the mail.

The three definitions of "blue dot" that I was looking for, which were alluded to in the story, were:
1. LSD, sometimes called blue dot
2. the earth, as in the Carl Sagan book "Pale Blue Dot", and
3. Blau Punkt - the German stereo system.

L said...

Would you believe I awoke in the middle of the night, started wandering around on the Internet, and then remembered to check this? And so here I am, going "ah ha!" Your answers make so much sense! I told you I needed more coffee. :)

Lesley

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Nocturnal web surfing will often lead to great things, Lesley, but sometimes not. (We all need more coffee!)

Stephanie said...

Hurray! Consolation prize!

Thanks!

phlegmfatale said...

I phosphoresced when I read this!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Expect it later this week, Stephanie.

You always phosphoresce, Phlegmmy or maybe that's "glow".