The sign over the door had the word “Perpetual” written in large red letters.
Before the race they signed the wager with a pen made of human bone. “I’m sure it’ll be fine,” he said.
Adjutants Of The Realm were by tradition required to respond only with questions.
He left work defeated, immediately headed to the airport, no one ever saw him again.
The well in the center of town started talking one day. The first thing it asked for were the virgins.
There was a chessboard in the cell, but with one piece missing.
“You don’t just stop taking Stim. But you don’t want to go over your daily allotment either.”
“You have three days to find all of the things on the list.” She placed the typewritten sheet on the table.
The Central Computer did not ask for forgiveness, merely efficiency.
“If your pass expires, you will be released from the station via the tube on deck fourteen.”
Given the ultimatum, he boobytrapped the entire station and barricaded himself in the Pleasure Complex.