FICTION BLAST-OFF THEATER
by Richard Nathan
Before the lights come up, a voice announces the title of the story:
A HUSBAND and WIFE are on stage. They are dressed as ordinary people, with no special makeup, but they are supposed to be dinosaurs, as we will find out in a moment.
So, do you want to see it?
I don't know. Tell me again why we built this
thing. We've never done anything like this before.
Isn't it against everything we believe in?
Of course it is. That's the whole point.
Because if something were to wipe out our
What could wipe out our kind?
Lots of things. A mutated virus, or a giant meteor
smashing into the world....
Would you like some tea?
Tea would be nice.
The wife prepares the tea.
You were saying something about our kind being
Yes. Well, if something were to kill us all, and
if a new species were to evolve, they
might not think we were very bright.
And why is that?
Because everything we produce is
biodegradable. It's all environmentally friendly.
But surely that's a sign of our intelligence!
It is to us. But it also means every sign of our
civilization will disappear within a hundred
years or so.
Is that what this is all about? Leaving
something behind so we won't look
stupid if we all die and if some new sort of
creature came along.
I would think the new creatures would
appreciate our not littering up the countryside
with all sorts of rubbish we'd left behind.
We're not going to leave all sorts of rubbish.
Just this one special piece, the monument.
And whatever happens, nothing will destroy it.
The Wife serves tea.
But isn't the monument just a couple standing
Yes, but they're fully clothed.
So they'll know we didn't walk around naked!
You think these future creatures might think we
walked around naked!
The other lizards do. They never wear a thing!
But they're just beasts. With tiny little heads,
and tinier brains! We're tyrannosaurus rexes!
But whatever comes after us might not be
intelligent enough to understand that. They
might think all lizards were alike.
Well if they're that stupid, I'm not sure I care
what they think.
You want them to think you spent your life
walking around naked everywhere?
No, I don't like that idea.
That's why we built the monument. A fully
clothed tyrannosaurus rex husband and his
fully clothed tyrannosaurus rex wife, built to last
for a billion years.
And they put it right on the tip of the Yucatan
Yes, it's a lovely area. It's sure to be found there.
And there's only one? They didn't want to make
Why should they? Nothing on earth could harm
I suppose. But a moment ago, you were talking
about a meteor wiping us out. What if a meteor
fell right there, right on the tip of the Yucatan
Peninsula. Couldn't a huge meteor destroy the
monument, as well as us?
Oh, I suppose. But really, what are the odds of
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© 2002 by Richard Nathan. All rights reserved
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