Click here for nice stories main menu

main menu   |   youngsters categories   |   authors   |   new stories   |   search   |   links   |   settings   |   author tools

Behind the Eight Ball (standard:other, 474 words)
Author: Michael GatesAdded: Mar 11 2003Views/Reads: 3698/1444Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
A dialogue with an Eight Ball proves revealing.

--Give it here. I'll shake it good! 

--No, just turn it over--that'll work. 

--Ah, but will it work? Or will it spout a lot of cryptic nonsense? 

--You could ask it that! 

--Ha! Hello? Hello? Is anybody home? 

--It says, "YES." 

--Hey, Mr. Eight Ball, will I ever win the lottery? 

--How do you know it's not MS. Eight Ball? Hmm, "BETTER NOT TELL YOU

--What good is he? 

--It's bored with money questions, I think. That's what everyone asks

--That's what everyone wants to know. What else is there to ask about? 


--Uhhh . . . . 

--Never mind. How about what Peggy Lee sings about in that old song: "Is
that all there is?" 

--All there is to life, you mean.  Mr. Eight Ball, is there life after

--Don't shake so hard! Give it here . . . . "IT IS DECIDEDLY SO." 

--All right! Something to look forward to. Here's another question: Will
my luck hold out? 


--Pfffft. Eight Ball, will Fortuna keep smiling on me? 


--Sources? I've got my own sources. All I have to do is score one more

--Spare me the details. 

--My ship is docking. I can feel it . . . . 

--You'll just assume whatever you want, then, no matter what it says? 

--Yeah. What's the sense in asking an Eight Ball to solve the mysteries
of life? 

--At least it's revealed what's on your mind. 

--Whatever. Let's ask how he knows so much, anyway--or thinks he does. 

--Uh, I'm afraid you'll have to phrase that as a yes or no question. 

--Oh, right. Well . . . . Eight Ball, do you have a direct link to the
man upstairs? Are you tuned in to the Cosmic Muffin? Are you God's 

--That's three questions. 

--No, it's one question. 

--Let's see . . . . "YOU MAY RELY ON IT"! 

--Saying it doesn't make it so, of course. He could be taking dictation
from some demon. 

Click here to read the rest of this story (33 more lines)

Authors appreciate feedback!
Please write to the authors to tell them what you liked or didn't like about the story!
Michael Gates has 7 active stories on this site.
Profile for Michael Gates, incl. all stories

stories in "other"   |   all stories by "Michael Gates"  

Nice Stories @, support email: nice at nicestories dot com
Powered by StoryEngine v1.00 © 2000-2020 - Artware Internet Consultancy