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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-02-01 16:38
Subject: [fiction] Friday Flash — "Passive Voices"
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Passive Voices

by Jay Lake

Mistakes were made. It was said that someone had been selfish, unthinking, greedy. Some people claim it was everyone's fault. Everyone knows it was someone's fault. Avoiding the issue has become the last, great sport of the human race.

The weather used to be good. It was talked about all the time, but nothing was ever done. Once upon a time that was a joke, until the skies began to kill. They withheld rain, they poured down searing sunlight, they killed through drought and fire and burn.

It wasn't always like this. There used to be green trees, between which an SUV could be driven on a Sunday afternoon until the leaves flickered by like a colorwheel on the brink of madness. There used to be golden fields of grain, over which an airplane could be flown while they were looked down upon like the glyphs of a great national written in triticale. There used to be clear-flowing rivers, on which mighty powerboats could be driven in a thrilling spray of mist while bikinis were worn (and removed) in foredeck play.

If only there had been some way to know what would happen next. If only someone could have expected the future. If only someone with a voice in radio had told the truth. If only someone in politics had looked past the next election.

Now everything belongs to the heat. Mistakes were made. Too bad no one was ever responsible.

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© 2008, Joseph E. Lake Jr.

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Josh English
User: joshenglish
Date: 2008-02-02 00:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I love it. Plug this into Word and watch it throw a fit!
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it's a great life, if you don't weaken: criminal minds fate
User: matociquala
Date: 2008-02-02 01:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:criminal minds fate

Nice job, man.
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april: tsukimi
User: april_art
Date: 2008-02-02 02:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
... isn't that uh, rather passive???

Personal responsibility. Do not wait for someone else to do it. Or to blame things on. (Even though I agree--some are quite blame-worthy!) At the very least... send the piece yourself. You can, you know!
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russ: quo vadis
User: goulo
Date: 2008-02-02 08:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:quo vadis
"But as these words do not belong to me, I don't feel I have the right to send them."

But... Jay wrote "This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License."

Too bad the idea that W would read it, or that it might change his way of thinking, is preposterous in any case, alas. :/
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Michael Curry
User: mcurry
Date: 2008-02-02 03:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Most excellent work, sir.
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User: stwish
Date: 2008-02-02 04:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It was judged cool. Points were taken, lessons learned, spirits lifted, congratulations offered.
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S. Boyd Taylor
User: sboydtaylor
Date: 2008-02-02 04:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes! :)

Okay, maybe a little Aesopping now and again isn't a bad thing.
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User: rcloenen_ruiz
Date: 2008-02-02 08:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Mistakes were made. Too bad no one was ever responsible.

No one ever is. *sighs*

Excellent piece.
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Peter Hollo
User: frogworth
Date: 2008-02-02 09:24 (UTC)
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-02-09 00:15 (UTC)
Subject: heh. climate change is what they used to call weather.
Looks like we're gonna get an ice age before your heat wave.

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