I hop the train before texting, sure of the outcome already. Kevin will see the text, will debate himself, will lose, and we'll have a fun night in. It's that simple. I know the exact train, so this is a photo finish as I'm the last one aboard.
In the train, I find a seat behind a yuppie couple. They are heading back from their "First Time in the Big City", it's written on their faces. They smile those idiot grins, but only for the first couple of days, then they pick up the "local look", and pandhandlers know to avoid them.
I set the sting on them, leave it running in my backpack. On my phone I watch their internet traffic and wonder who these two are.
Sarah's SUV speeds through forests and along lakes, eventually bringing her and the driver to the Olympia Veterans Affairs offices. The building doubles as a live-in facility as well. They park the car in the sparse but expansive lot, this one next to a sprawling corn field so large they are unable to see any other edges, and enter the administrative building.
Captain Wilcox is there to meet them. He is the ranking officer of the staff and will be helping with today's drill and session.
VA was told this was a new form of exercise-based therapy, they went along and supplied volunteers, soldiers who were willing to try just about anything. These were typically soldiers suffering from severe cases of PTSD, the trauma from their time in the military ruining any chance at a new life.
This isn't going to be a story or anything, just some ramblings about video games.
Author’s note: this is a work in progress.
"I don't normally do unpacking videos," I speak from behind the camera, "but this is like something out of sci-fi, so let's do it!
"OK, the box is out. Not too big, see. Not exactly what I was expecting, but no matter. Here's the collar, charging brick, cable. Hmm. And a cute little informational pamphlet. Let's forget about that for now.
"Thor, come here buddy! Yeah, who's a good girl? You are! Gosh, you just know when the camera's rolling, don't you? Of course you do! You're gonna be a star soon, gonna need to get you an agent..."
[Editor's note: this is a work-in-progress. It began with a writing prompt and a single sentence. From then, it snowballed and the below is the "beginning avalanche".]
[Editor's note: this week, the writer has been writing code. It's good mental exercise, which will hopefully lead to writing non-code soon!
The code for the game is here: https://gitlab.com/fuzzy-rp/tetris-app
Tetris clone after the jump.
NB: You'll need a keyboard to play, completely forgot that tablets/phones are a thing, sorry.]