Alan Moore's Shocking Futures by Alan Moore

By Alan Moore

Reprinting brief sci-fi tales via Moore that seemed in 2000AD.

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Title, binding, and covers had been gnawed away. “I need to pay for a damaged book,” she said. “What happened? ” he said, making a joke. “Yes,” she said, and smiled. ” Carroll said. Already, he thought he might be in love. The farmhouse where Rachel lived had a wrap-around porch like an apron. It had been built on a hill, and looked down a long green slope of Christmas trees towards the town and Jellicoh College. It looked old-fashioned and a little forlorn. On one side of the house was a small barn, and behind the barn was an oval pond, dark and fringed with pine trees.

The question was so ridiculous that he found he was able to speak again. ” he said. “Never mind. I think you better take me home in your car,” Rachel said. ” Carroll thought about it during the car ride. He came to the conclusion that it was a silly question, and that if he didn’t answer it correctly, Rachel wasn’t going to marry him. He wasn’t entirely sure that he wanted to give the correct answer, even if he knew what it was. ” He swallowed and he could hear the snow coming down, soft as feathers on the roof and windshield of the car.

He told her stories about his childhood; she almost seemed to be listening. He asked her about the baby and she told him she was going to name it Ellen if it was a girl. When he took his own temperature on Wednesday, the thermometer said he had a fever of 103, so he climbed back into bed. When he woke up on Thursday morning, he found short black hairs covering the quilt, which he knew must mean that he was hallucinating. He fell asleep again and dreamed that Mr. Rook came to see him. Mr. Rook was a Black Lab.

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