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1: Jack Baby [Oct. 29th, 2007|02:37 pm]
Warren Ellis
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I dipped the old jar down into the creeping slurry and scooped a pint of shit-water out of the Thames, down where the sewers meet the river. It's come to this, I said to no-one: making jenkem rather than seeing the Jack Baby.

Seal up the jar, watch it ferment for long sleepless days, and then inhale the gas off the top. Jenkem: ghetto drugs. An hour of laying like a corpse and seeing dead things instead of the orgasm-jerking and spacewalk day of a Jack high. But I couldn't afford Jack, and I didn't want to think about the Jack Baby.

Jack was a bastard brew of neurotransmitters and genetic plug-ins, the black market product of universities that wanted to keep the power on. Addictive and deep-tissue-persistent enough that, like crack before it, Jack babies were born. But they weren't just thin and sickly. Jack was bound into their genetic structure. Narcotophores pulsed under their grey skins, tiny little Jack labs.

The things we choose to care about. Not getting clean, but huffing shit-gas instead of seeing her.

Squatting under the jagged stump of the bridge, I twisted the jar shut, willing the muck inside to do its stinking magic. Dreading the sleepless days of waiting, where I knew I'd see nothing but my grown-up Jack Baby, letting men make her sweat so they could lick the Jack from her pores.

The things we choose to care about: I could live with her being a whore, but I couldn't stand her being someone else's fix.

do not post your fiction in comments
© warren ellis 2007

music: The4am 05
book: crooked little vein
be gentle: i'm out of practise!

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[User Picture]From: djluminal
2007-10-29 02:43 pm (UTC)
That was brilliant, thanks for posting. Good to see you on here again!
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From: ex_eridan
2007-10-29 02:48 pm (UTC)
good god, man.

Your fictions scare me because they're JUST that close to truth.
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[User Picture]From: stylishbastard
2007-10-29 02:59 pm (UTC)
In what way?
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[User Picture]From: planetx
2007-10-29 02:48 pm (UTC)
Out of practice, my patoooie, sir! You're sharp as ever.

Does this mean Falconer shall be returning?
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[User Picture]From: fatfred
2007-10-29 02:51 pm (UTC)
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From: oml404
2007-10-29 02:52 pm (UTC)
That's a nice little story. I'm always impressed by nano-tales, there's something pure and direct about fiction that short.
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[User Picture]From: lost_in_my_room
2007-10-29 02:58 pm (UTC)
Reading Doktor Sleepless is the only thing that kept me from punching my mother-in-law this weekend

so thank you
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[User Picture]From: ydna
2007-10-29 02:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you thank you thank you thank you!
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[User Picture]From: stylishbastard
2007-10-29 03:01 pm (UTC)
I liked it when you did this first time round with Lazarus Churchyard!

I wonder who would win in a fight between Doctor Sleepless and Doktor Sleepless.
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[User Picture]From: lunar_symphony
2007-10-29 03:11 pm (UTC)
Impressive, sir! Your dark, brutal style is inspiring as always. This piece is particularly good as the character is as far fetched as he (or she) is believable.

Keep up the good work,
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[User Picture]From: ysidro
2007-10-29 03:16 pm (UTC)
You scare me.

In a very good way.
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[User Picture]From: graymalkan
2007-10-29 03:17 pm (UTC)
Shakespeare gots to get paid, son :)
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[User Picture]From: margoeve
2007-10-29 04:00 pm (UTC)

Maybe he should write a story about a guy called "The Distractor" who goes around saying things like "Gold Plated Naked Midgets" in order to kill the erections of men everywhere.

Or would that be too much of art imitating life?
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[User Picture]From: happymrlocust
2007-10-29 03:18 pm (UTC)
I cannot help but wonder how long before someone ignores the "do not post your fiction in comments" and the whole thing goes to crap... again.


The fastfiction must flow.
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[User Picture]From: cuddlycthulhu
2007-10-29 03:22 pm (UTC)
Welcome back, sir.
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[User Picture]From: sandmistress
2007-10-29 03:30 pm (UTC)
I love your disgusting brain.
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[User Picture]From: blackwell
2007-10-29 03:32 pm (UTC)
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