Daily Dialogue: Unexplainable Circumstances

Forty minutes on this snowy day, I put two women together and write whatever randomness they have to say.

Tallulah
What’s that smell?

Lynn
I think something’s on fire.

Tallulah
Here? I don’t see any smoke.

Lynn
I think it’s coming from outside. Check the window.

Tallulah
A house is on fire… and another one… and another one.

Lynn
Are you serious?

Tallulah
Yeah, look.

Lynn
At least they’re way over… What the hell? Another house just caught fire.

Tallulah
Is it a house that’s closer?

Lynn
No, it’s farther away. Like something’s walking that way.

Tallulah
And setting things on fire. Weird.

Lynn
Shouldn’t we call the police?

Tallulah
Yeah… Wait, I see flashing lights.

Lynn
Police?

Tallulah
And a LOT of fire trucks. Another house is on fire!

Lynn
I think we should get away from here, just in case.

Tallulah
No, it’s safe. The fires are going away from us.

Lynn
I’m gonna check the news on my phone. Someone’s gotta have SOMETHING to say by now.

Tallulah
A bunch just went up in flames now. I think we’re up to ten houses.

Lynn
What the fuck… This is happening in other cities, too.

Tallulah
Are they random or–

Lynn
They all make a line, just like here.

Tallulah
Are they leading somewhere?

Lynn
Yeah, they’re all pointing towards a point, but the lines are too small to say anywhere specific.

Tallulah
Where’s the general area?

Lynn
The Midwest.

Tallulah
Weren’t tornadoes enough for them?

Lynn
Are the fires able to be put out?

Tallulah
Yeah, they’re taking water…

Lynn
But?

Tallulah
Every house that gets extinguished makes another one ignite. Keeping the pattern. What’s your phone saying?

Lynn
The same thing. I think we should get out of here.

Tallulah
And go where?

Lynn
Away from the flames?

Tallulah
They’re leading away from us.

Lynn
Yeah? What’s to say that they won’t start coming towards us? Or escalate and take out entire blocks? Or cities?

Tallulah
I think you’re overreacting.

Lynn
Houses spontaneously combusting across the country leading to the Midwest for no reason, and my reaction is too much?

Tallulah
Just the country?

Lynn
What do you mean?

Tallulah
This is just happening in America, right?

Lynn
I’ll check. Oh no.

Tallulah
What?

Lynn
It’s happening everywhere.

Tallulah
“Everywhere” as in–

Lynn
Earth. Houses are catching fire all over Earth in a pattern that’s leading to the Midwest. Can we leave now?

Tallulah
Just houses? Not apartments or stores?

Lynn
Just… Just houses. Why just houses?

Tallulah
Maybe terrorists?

Lynn
They would’ve been spotted by now.

Tallulah
Fuck!

Lynn
What?!

Tallulah
A streak of houses just went up and they’re going off into the distance.

Lynn
Ok, I’m really scared now. Can we please leave?

Tallulah
And go where?

Lynn
Anywhere! Just away from this!

Tallulah
I still think we’re ok.

Lynn
The fires are leading to Iowa. We live in fucking Iowa. We need to get away. Now!

Tallulah
Yeah, you’re right. Where are my keys?

Lynn
By the lamp.

Tallulah
No, they’re not.

Lynn
What do you mean? I put them there.

Tallulah
They’re not here. Where are your keys?

Lynn
In my purse… they’re gone.

Tallulah
Where’d they go?

Lynn
I don’t know! Just unlock the door!

Tallulah
And what, walk across state lines? We’re in the middle of Iowa!

Lynn
Fine! You can stay here and die, I’ll– Fuck!

Tallulah
What? What?!

Lynn
The handle! It’s hot!

Tallulah
Move outta the way.

Lynn
What’re you gonna do?

Tallulah
Smash a window. Are you serious?!

Lynn
Why isn’t the window breaking?!

Tallulah
I don’t know! Call the police and tell them we’re stuck!

Lynn
Ok! It’s… laughing.

Tallulah
What?

Lynn
The phone. It’s laughing.

Tallulah
Give it here. It’s really laughing. Why is it laughing? Who did you call?

Lynn
911! But the laughing started as soon as I pressed “Send.” I didn’t even get a dial tone.

Tallulah
Try calling again.

Lynn
It’s still laughing.

Tallulah
Try calling someone else. Anyone else.

Lynn
I called you and it’s laughing louder.

Tallulah
I can hear it.

Lynn
Where’s your phone?

Tallulah
It died earlier this morning. What’s the news on your phone saying?

Lynn
Everyone’s hearing laughing on their phones whenever they call someone, and the laughter gets louder after a while. And the flames…

Tallulah
What about them?

Lynn
More are starting in different neighborhoods. Like cracks. All houses.

Tallulah
Is there any satellite footage?

Lynn
Yeah, it– Oh no.

Tallulah
What?

Lynn
A smile. The flames are forming a smile and both ends are leading to Iowa.

Tallulah
What the fuck, why?! Why Iowa?! Who the fuck is doing this?!

Lynn
I don’t– Can you hear that?

Tallulah
Yeah. Laughter.

Lynn
It’s like it’s in the air!

Tallulah
I know, I know! I’m gonna look outside. Oh… no.

Lynn
What?!

Tallulah
The sky. It has eyes.

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