Stand Your Ground and Carry On, Corpus Christi

Z Daily News, July 4, 2040.
Corpus Christi Rests in Peace after Sip-n-Go Shooting
By W.T.F. Dytwh

Armed and feral, identified by the Texas Undead Society as 25-year-old philosophy of law student, Martin Hood, shambled into a fast food restaurant two blocks from the university he had attended for three years. The M4 Carbine in the Undead man’s hands, his bared teeth and the drool rolling down his chin raised the alarm. Hood didn’t get a chance to speak. The moment his rotted face turned towards a frightened child and her mother, the brave woman and her Colt .45 Peacemaker stood their ground, and splattered Hood’s brains all over the shrieking child’s shoes.

At one point, in his undeath, Hood was known as a brilliant student of philosophy, law and human behavior. “Martin always used his brain. For that, he will be missed by all,” Ghan Dee, one of Hood’s former professors said to Z Daily News. Hood’s friends and family moaned to anyone who will listen, saying, “Martin was a gentle corpse. He didn’t have an evil bone in his rotted body.” The public is just relieved that a good law kept a bad man from harming the innocent.


Z Daily News, July 9, 2040.
“What the Fuck Did You Think Would Happen?”
By W.T.F. Dytwh

Less than a week after the Sip-n-Go shooting, the face of Vera Hood and the voice of her son, Martin Hood, fills the media with shock, pain and regret. While the grieving mother was going through her late child’s belongings, she found a vintage Teac Reel to Reel Tape Recorder, and a note with the following message:

Forgive me, Mom. Not for what had to be done, but for the pain my methods will cause you and others. If there had been another way…

Please give this recording to Professor Dee. I trust he’ll do the right thing.

With Love and Hope,
Martie

Z Daily News has not been able to get a copy of the complete recording, but this fragment has gone viral on Tweeting Crow, Face Book of the Undead and Tomb Space: “When men stand their ground and carry on, Corpus Christi, innocent brains are wasted by fear, miscarriage of justice and common chaos. Think and do.”

for Magpie Tales 223
inspired by (scary laws and) The Daily Show’s
 “Man Walks Into a 7-Eleven Carrying an AK-47
this LINK takes you to the full episode

22 comments:

  1. Poor Martin Hood used his brains to make his point, figuratively and literally. More than one can say for the Texas Lawmakers - maybe their grey-matter has already been Zombie-nosh.

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    1. The ultimate sacrifice can be quite final at times...

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  2. Intriguing tale - I loved the news format of this, the undead twist, the whole thing. I'm currently watching a great series here in the UK called 'In the Flesh'. People who have risen from the dead and now pay the price for being sufferers of Partially Deceased Syndrome pay the price for being different...

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    1. I, too, find myself intrigued by the idea of how the world would work in a way where mythical creatures had to fight for equal rights--it reminds me of L.K. Hamilton, Merry Gentry Series.

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  3. Martin did what he could.

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  4. I love that you wrote this ... I was also gob-smacked by Jon Stewart's piece.

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    1. I still can't believe that so many people seem to have difficulties seeing how this is so terribly wrong. It's completely illogical.

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  5. Quite an apt response to the prompt.

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    1. Thanks very much, Berowne. I just finished reading your entry, and the smile still dancing on my face. It was yummy!

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  6. Well done.

    I am blank today.

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    1. Sometimes, the creative juices want a little peace...

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  7. Wow... powerful! I love the way you delivered this to us!

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    1. It was interesting to write...

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  8. Or, as Jon Stewart says:- "AK-Carrying Constitutional Absolutist Performance Artist"... I'd laugh, only it's kinda not funny. But hey, if I get a nipple out to feed a hungry baby, that's what's banned. That's what's scary.

    This is brilliant, Magaly. And not only does it make a point, it's sharp enough to be poignant.

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    1. Jon Stewart tends to rile up my muse. The man's satire is brilliant; almost always on point... and poignant.

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  9. Hood has crashed rather spectacularly in his Airacobra ! .....has a sense of inevitability about him, dont you think ?

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    1. I do think so. And that sense of inevitability is the saddest and most enraging part of it all, isn't it?

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  10. Where oh where does one begin to count the sad, unbelievable wrongness that rises here! I am constantly amazed at your thoughts and words. Bravo.

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    1. "unbelievable wrongness" in the rising is a very appropriate way to put it, I think.

      It's always good--and bittersweet kind of good, in this case--to know that one is not alone in this kind of thoughts. Thank you, Karen.

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  11. Poor Martin! Great read Magaly ;o)

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