Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Marche Macabre by Janeczka

Franz wakes up. Suddenly. It’s already morning. Between nine and ten, maybe. He doesn’t know. He doesn’t have the time.
Right away, he can feel something is different. It might be in the way the light lands on the floor. Or in the way the sun puts his arm through the window and lets it lay across the room like a dead body.
Franz’s brain feels like it’s being compressed between two huge metal screws.
There’s something different in the air, too. Everything is way too still. Nothing to be heard, apart from the martial marching rhythm coming from outside. Bom-bom-barabom. On and on. Like a mantra. Franz first stays in bed. Hypnotised. Then he finally summons enough strength to get up and walk to the window.

All he sees is people. Nothing but people. Lines and lines of them. Walking like robots. One behind the other, as if marching to the gallows. They all are tall, skinny, with a vacant gaze. Like a skeleton crew. Like a zombie army. Trotting along. Going God knows where.
They all look alike. Dressed the same way. Hair cut short. Franz can’t tell whatever they are. Men, women, children, old people?... he feels alienated. And nauseated. The whole scene has a weird feeling about it. Like a bad omen hovering over it.

Without him even realising it, the faceless people marching have turned into uniformed army men. In the way they walk, he can see dead bodies, skulls and bones. Even foretell the demise of all mankind. Something sinister is afoot. And all he can do is watch, and wish he weren’t there.

48 comments:

  1. The new DalyRage, ladies and Gentlemen. And she's much hotter than the old one.

    ReplyDelete
  2. hide your children Janeczka is on the loose!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I couldn't agree more with you guys.
    Thanks Rob.

    ReplyDelete
  4. By Zeus! this is the biggest pile of non-sensical clap trap I have read on blogspot/blogger. I sincerely hope this was not your best attempt. As long as you plan on making your living from something other than the literary arts you should be fine. Consult this http://delendaestcarthago.blogspot.com/ to discover how blogging should be done.
    Good day.

    ReplyDelete
  5. And good day to you too sir... God damn you.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Excuse me Dan, firstly I would like to thank you for dropping by and secondly I have a question for you that will solve a quandry I am party to. Are you affiliated with the blog you left the link to? I shall also leave this message on my blog to improve our chances of contacting you.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Dan, you cocksucking bot, I'd be glad to follow your advice, but frankly, you're not important enough for me to give a shit.
    Have a good day.

    ReplyDelete
  8. God damn him... Ian. I'll kick your fucking ass. Jesus Chrit, His spam timing was fucking aweful.

    ReplyDelete
  9. What?
    I saw he left a comment on Ian's blog... and Ian left a comment on his blog (it might have been another Ian, mind you).

    ReplyDelete
  10. I'll get to the bottom of this...

    ReplyDelete
  11. Oh this should be good Rob the PI! I cannot wait to see how this turns out.
    Janeczka I liked the story and hope you wright more like it.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Thanks, Kelly! I'm flattered :)
    Rob the PI? I'd be interested to know more...

    ReplyDelete
  13. Another one today Kelly... and it's real good....

    I'm on Dan's case about the comment... considering my brother has the same name as the commenter, I think the case will be wrapped up shortly.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Just like Magnum PI, but with less chest hair, I suppose...

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hell no. I have chest hairl ike a horse.

    ReplyDelete
  16. You've got more chest hair than Tom Selleck!!!
    But at least you haven't got the moustache.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Yeah... on my ankle. A mexican moustache.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Well this Greg chap knows nothing about it. So, I think I know who it was.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Rob, you being one of the top 5 P.I.’s I know I don’t have to tell you that if you are thinking that it was your brother I don’t think its his style. And also he doesn’t have an Internet connection.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I know it wasn't Dan, my brother... although it seemed like the obvious choice.

    I'm think along different lines.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Oh my! I seemed to have caused a bit of a stir! Well Ian, in answer to your question I am in no way affiliated with that blog. I just like it, I dont blog so I just appreciate what others blog. Here's another one I like

    http://locurasinexplicables.blogspot.com/

    I like it because I don't understand it and it has pictures of people I dont know, well apart from the marvelous Mel of course!

    Oh and please dont call me a cock sucking bot merely because I write something that doesnt stroke your fragile ego.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I really thought you were a bot, mate. Just the way you said it. I didn't think an actual person might be behind it.
    As for my 'fragile ego', don't worry, you didn't shatter it one bit.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Hi all. I'm glad Dan came back to explain himself, because I was going to if he didn't. I actually like this post. Intriguing. Do I need to catch up with anything? Will there be more adventures of the faceless army? See, this is why I hate coming in in the middle. Anyway, I just thought I'd stop by and say hello.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Thanks Greg. More of it... not in any near future, but I'll think about it. :)

    ReplyDelete
  25. Oi touchy touchy folks

    Good thing Dan didn't go to my blog. My blogspot blog is nothing but an emtpy wasteland now a days

    ReplyDelete
  26. Well Dan, as much as I appriciate you explaining yourself, I would appriciate it more if you never came back again.
    To come on, read one post and declare that person awful really is too egotistical for me...

    So thank you, good bye.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Thanks Greg... sorry for soiling you blog with my swearing.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Fucking hell, it is. Yesterday I thought I saw some tumbleweed there. Being lazily blown away by the wind.

    ReplyDelete
  29. What the fuck is wrong with Dan? He doesnt like something so he's not allowe come back? Fuck that.

    ReplyDelete
  30. It's like fucking McCarthyism up in here.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Look, in different circumstance, I would like to talk to Dan. But I would rather he join blogger first... I don't like how he just wanders around judgeing everything.

    But, if he joined blogger officially, he could come back. And if he is a good chap. Because we don't know him.

    ReplyDelete
  32. I think he would be allowed if he wasn't so agressive in the first place. So you don't like something? don't read. I don't force you. So you still read it, but decide it's crap? how about a constructive critique? not just 'it's shit'. That's way too easy. Hence my reaction. Which is justified, methinks.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Fucking Jesus Christ. Go back to Russia commie.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Ian, to me you resemble a first term Eisenhower before. I appreciate your confidence in me but I know where I am not wanted.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Oh, The Wire season 2 is on in a few minuten. I think I'll come on after eleven with some constructed thoughts and tell you how it really is, Ian.. in realityville.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Are you talking to me or Rob? Either way, we're having an orgy on the Kremlin steps with Sabi, and you're not invited.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Still, I think Rob is right. It's easy to judge when you're not being judged.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Dan... read the rest of the blog... or as much as you feel is necessary... and come back to me with an opinion. Please.

    ReplyDelete
  39. No, however my cousin is named Dan but I think he is too busy being a successful stage and TV actor to bother with the likes of blogger. I'm eating m&m's. Also usually if I start a sentence I finish it as opposed to ending it with before. Maybe we have a clue as to why Dan doesnt blog.

    ReplyDelete
  40. Sorry. I really thought you were having a pisstake. Oops!

    ReplyDelete
  41. Because you were taking Dan's defense, and because he's been praising your blog. Little things. I'm paranoid. Ask Rob. He's a Gemini too.

    ReplyDelete
  42. I just think everyone was a bit unfair on him and Im sure if he read more of my blog not just the personal, moany post I left he'd find plenty to complain about.

    ReplyDelete