Cornelius and the Machine


Click. Cornelius lay in bed. Clack. Unable to sleep. Click.

The infernal clickclack came from the billboard outside his window; neon winking on and off until midnight. After a month of broken sleep, Cornelius raised a petition. His movement gained momentum – Power to the People! – a nationwide boycott sent the company broke.

The billboard came down. Cornelius slept well for the first time in weeks.

The following month, a new billboard went up. With its competitor gone, a rival company expanded its empire. Their profits paid for a billboard twice as large; one than never switched off.

ClickityClackity. ClickityClackity. Clickity.

Ryan Stone

7 thoughts on “Cornelius and the Machine

  1. I like the correlation of the character’s broken sleep to the clicks and clacks breaking up the story. It’s slightly irritating even to read. In a good way of course; it enhances the emotion of the story. I can feel his aggravation!

    I don’t know if you watch Seinfeld, but there is an episode like this where Kramer is kept awake by the neon sign of a chicken restaurant. I’m probably the only person that is reminded of that reading the story…

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    • Hey, Mila. Great feedback thanks. Sorry for irritating you, although that was the general idea 😉

      No, I’ve seen a million of them but somehow not that episode…I’m going to have to track it down.

      Thanks for dropping by 🙂

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