All Thinking is Canceled for Today
by Lee Hallison
Yeah, I know I'm in here 'cause it wasn't funny. You've told me enough times to fill a barf bag. Hey, quit it, that hurt. You ain't supposed to smack me. I got rights. Ain't someone on the other side of that mirror watching?
Yeah, we was smokin. We're old enough, don't be so pissy-faced. Bob was there, so was Randi and Jill. Pinto and Barretta were down the hall, but close. They was probably able to hear us cackling.
It was my idea, just like I said. The cleaning bot was humming, banging into things and sayin 'scuse me, 'scuse me like a too-short waiter tryna carry a pizza across a crowded bowling alley. We all howled like hyenas when it got stuck. The bottom spun around vacuuming while the tiny square head pressed the wall goin' 'scuse me, 'scuse me. Randi started shriekin' she was gonna pee and then rolled right off the top bunk.
Not that you asked, but she was ok. Pinto and Barretta rushed in at the commotion. My VisiosTM told me it was a social cue to stop laughing, so I did.