Set your story in a world where everyone’s decisions are made for them. One morning, your character wakes up, and chooses not to go to work. Wait…chooses?!
Posted in Thriller and Suspense on May 5, 2023
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“Safe and Easy” by Michał Przywara
The timer box clanked, the buzzer bzz-bzzed, and the dull yellow light turned bright green. All the cell gates retracted and the barn door trundled open, and all the cows started shuffling down the worn path to get their morning milking. All but Clarice. She scowled at her cell wall, resisting the inertia of habit, and around her roiled the ripples of gossip. What’s happening? What’s she doing? I...
“SEVEN” by John Rutherford
SEVEN – the lands of constraint and the infinitesimal. The lands were governed by seven rulers, representing, two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, and one mouth – named The Seven. These seven ruling figures governed by the dogma handed down from generations upon generations. No one questioned the dogma; it was followed blindly in every minute detail. Life itself was constrained by...
“Obey, Number 25” by Sophia Gardenia
THIS STORY IS UNFINISHED Wake up. It’s the first Command every one of us gets as soon as the numbers on the clock at the end of the Sleeping Hall read 6:00 AM. Not that we ever see the numbers shift from 5:59 AM to 6:00 AM. We’re never commanded to wake up before 6:00 AM. As one, all 50 members of Legion 306 sit up in our cots, feet straight out in front, backs ramrod straight. Get up. As one, 50 men swing their legs out of bed and into 50 pairs of slippers. <...
“Defiance ” by Kingsley Duke
The 6.00 AM alarm screeched as it always did, the tone manufactured to wake the workers up as quickly and efficiently as possible. 'Good morning William, it is 6.00AM on Sunday, 10th of May 2043. Get dressed for garbage inspection duty, you are rostered between 8AM to 4PM at the lower Eastern suburbs of Sydney.’ William laid in his bed with his eyes open, his dream of the open oce...
“Free Choice and the AI Household” by Tod Hughes
The small black box sat in the corner of the living room.. watching, anticipating, and directing activities within the house. Harmon took comfort in the everyday decisions that were taken over for him. Artificial Intelligence was something he embraced, letting him focus on more important matters. His robot butler had a facial screen that made it seem more like a true person, not in terms of real conversa...
“Worker Bee” by Lisa Cornell
From the moment I started on the job I was a dedicated worker, I thought of myself as a prized member of the team. It gave me such satisfaction and pride that I truly didn’t think I needed anything more from life.After all, it was my destiny. I was born into the role as a female honey bee, I was tasked as a worker bee, spending my days out of the hive foraging, working on the infrastructure of the hive whilst ensuring it was kept clean and I was also responsible for circulating the air around the hive by flapping my wing...
“A BREATH OF FREEDOM” by Mara Masolini
A BREATH OF FREEDOM Wake up at seven o’clock. A quarter of an hour to take a shower and clean yourself: brush your teeth, and take your prescribed medicines. Then ten minutes for the breakfast of cornflakes, milk, and orange juice. Afterward, George had to take the lift, since it was forbidden to walk down the stairs, go down the garage, and get into his car to reach his workpl...
“Chains of Destiny” by Ian James
2022Beneath the searing sun, Bhavaroopa pounded the pavement, her heart racing in her chest as she desperately scoured the area for her missing son. She darted from one humble abode to another, from one humble storefront to another, her eyes scanning every face that she encountered, begging for any scrap of information. But each time, her pleas were met with a swift shake of the head or a curt "no." It wasn't that these folks hadn't seen her boy, but rather that they were too preoccupied with their own d...
“Corrupted Code” by Michael Clark
For as long as I can remember, every day has always been the same. Get up. Go to work. Come home. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Lately, something feels different. Almost like the battery on whatever device they use to program us has begun to die. That is highly unlikely, though. The Government comes regularly to check our Connectchips and ensure they are updated. This morning I stare at my ceiling, knowing that I...
“A Dire Awakening” by Soumyaa Panddey
EpifanioThis is a story about…no, wait, scratch that. Once upon a… Nope.So, this is my story and here it goes…A decade ago, everything was thriving. We had good food, we drank pure water, we went to work and we worked hard. We were given breaks to rest in between, we had clean air to breathe. We all danced around and lived happily ever after.Not exact on the last couple of words but you get the sense, right?This is not c...
“FREE WILL” by Latoya Edwards
FREE WILL “Alright. Let’s go ahead and start recording in 3, 2, 1.” Said the robot of historical records.My name is Willow Freedom Monrow. I was born on Century 13, an island metropolis of what you may remember in history called California, a part of the United States of America. But that was 13 centuries ago. Now, what is left of t...
“New Republic” by Samada Brown
In a world where personal agency was but a distant memory, where every decision was predetermined and individual choice was deemed unnecessary, there lived a young woman named Amelia. She followed the rigid routine set forth by the system, adhering to its rules without question. Each morning, she would wake up promptly at 6:00 a.m., dress in her assigned attire, and head off to her designated workplace. H...
“The Dream Weaver and Choice” by John Steckley
The Dream Weaver and ChoiceBob “I had the weirdest dream Millie. I saw myself at work, and I could see my unhappiness clearly on my face. It went much deeper than if I were merely having just a ‘bad day at work’. I could not deny what I was seeing – truth with a vengeance. Then everything went blank. When my dream vision returned I saw myself standing a step or two outside our front door like...
“Utopia” by Candace Amaker
Noah’s grip on his baseball bat tightened as the banging on his front door continued. He knew whoever it was on the other side was trouble, and trouble was not what he needed nor wanted right now. And to think, this all started because he decided not to go to work this morning. That was the problem right there. He CHOSE not to go to work. You know that little voice in the back of your head? The one that you list...
“Free Will ” by Jennifer Fremon
As always, Hallie woke up right before her alarm went off. Despite this, she still set the alarm every night before bed, just in case. You never knew when something that was routine might suddenly change.Although if Hallie was being perfectly honest, not much ever changed around here, not unless there was a accidental bug in one of the Network updates, and even those they usually fixed within minutes.She sat up and slid her bare feet into the fuzzy brown slippers that were always on the floor right by h...
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