Evan Quinlan

A Few Chores Before Dying

In Drabbles, Fiction, Short Stories on March 26, 2011 at 8:41 pm

“Tired of taking out the trash?”  Suggested the ad on Ed’s screen.  “Tired of picking up Jimmy from school? Dreading that family reunion?  Do It Later! With Do It Later brand Temporal Procrastination™ technology, you can literally enjoy tomorrow’s work today!”

Ed was sold.  He barely heard the verbal fine print; something about “responsibility” and “paradoxes.”

***

“Who are you?” Jimmy asked the decrepit old man behind the wheel as he climbed into his father’s sedan.

“I’m your father,” he said. “Get used to me looking like this at most family events.  I’m sorry, Jim, I procrastinated some important work.”

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