After judging Microcosms 42 last week, it’s back to being a regular old entrant for me this time.
Not that I’m complaining, mind: it was such a fun prompt this week – an homage to Rocky Horror Picture Show, to celebrate Halloween.
I will readily admit it, back in the late 90s I used to dress up and head to George St cinemas in Sydney every Friday night to watch the regular screening/performance. I knew all the call-backs, sang along to all the songs, got to know the cast.
Here’s my tongue-in-cheek entry to celebrate an incredibly fun movie. I managed to submit it with a few hours to spare this week! But it’s now too late for you to vote for your favourites. You should totally go read all the other entries anyway though.
The “Character” and “Activity” prompts were drawn from the lyrics to Science Fiction/Double Feature.
Give Yourself Over
Activity: Coming from Space
Michael paced nervously. The clearing where they’d agreed to meet was a little more dark and remote than he would have liked – and now Rainey was late.
He checked his phone for messages and pulled up Rainey’s profile again.
Those curves, that crazy hair, that vintage pin-up style.
Yep. Worth the wait. Assuming the pictures were legit (he’d been burned before).
Suddenly a bolt of lightning struck the centre of the clearing and Michael dove to the ground. When he looked up again, Rainey was there.
He scrambled to his feet, agog.
“Michael,” she purred warmly, “I am Nellorain, agent of the Infinite Joy, and I have come to claim you as my bride.”
Michael blinked and swallowed. “Uh, what?”
She walked towards him, her sinuous body contained by a black corset and heels, her dark hair piled high upon her head, a gossamer negligee billowing behind her.
“My people study pleasure in all its forms and you have been chosen to help expand our understanding of this planet.”
Michael glanced around him, unsure how to respond.
Rainey continued. “You have no worldly commitments, no real friends, and many, many frustrated desires. Come with me and experience a bliss beyond your imagination.”
Michael slumped a little. “Wait – are you calling me a loser?”
Rainey cocked her head. “I believe that’s the vernacular, yes.” She reached out and took hold of both his hands.
A surge of pure ecstasy coursed through his veins, knocking the wind right out of him. Her voice echoed in his head.
“Will you join me willingly, Michael?”
He shivered and smiled, any doubts or hurt feelings forgotten. “Well, when you put it that way…”
Rainey beamed and turned her face to the heavens. Another lightning bolt struck the ground and the clearing was empty once more.