Trifecta XXIV / Zombie Bunnies VIII: Off-Balance

This week’s word is ‘confidence’:
3 a: a relation of trust or intimacy <took his friend into his confidence>

b : reliance on another’s discretion <their story was told in strictest confidence>

c : support especially in a legislative body <vote of confidence>

In the interests of a cliffhanger for our two heros, let’s pick up the story from some other characters, and see how THEY are faring…

“I expect that our conversations will not be held in any form of confidence,” PJ Appleby chided Rich Connar, Overlord of Empire Media. They were in Connar’s executive meeting room on the penthouse of Tower Watch, EM’s flagship building. Appleby had just arrived by helicopter, spirited there by Connar’s security team from his own headquarters, and just in time; the bunnies were everywhere. Only he had made it.

“I’m glad we have that understanding,” was the others’ reply. “But it’s not what we know, but what we tell that matters.” His attention was focused on the wall covered in television panels showing simultaneous news reports; from pandemonium on unknown streets, to desolate farmlands, the horde was spreading across the screens. He was examining one video feed, a close up of a bunny’s tackily furred torso. It paid no mind to the camera as it fed on what remained of EM reporter DeeDee Lottagams.

“Such a waste. She was our finest looking reporter,” Connar explained. “DoubleDee could wear a bikini during Armageddon and have you convinced it was a Spring Break kegger.” He turned to Appleby. ”Another team is headed to a new hot spot. We’ll follow up with that. In the meantime, we’re setting up your interview with Don.”

Appleby winced. Donald Carcharias was the anchor of ‘Rake & Shovel’, the nation’s highest rated interview program. Q&A’s with Don reduced more than one world leader to tears, and just last month, a well- known actress had attempted suicide on- air during a frenzied grilling.

Connar noticed Appleby’s expression and gave a cruel smile. “Oh don’t worry. You have information we need to mine and refine for the public good. Now, let’s…” He paused and tapped his earbud headset. After listening for a moment, he pulled a small remote device from his pocket; the screens combined to one large live video. Appleby’s heart dropped as he watched the scenario unfold.

“Now this,” Connar shouted with mad glee, “this, is a story!”


Filed under Creative Writing, Horror, Humor, Sci-fi, Trifecta Writing Challenge, Writing, Writing Challenges, Zombie Bunnies

13 responses to “Trifecta XXIV / Zombie Bunnies VIII: Off-Balance

  1. LOL! I hope you are going to publish this at some point! Zombies are big right now. DoubleDee – haha!

  2. I love that the program’s entitled “Rake and Shovel”! So appropriate.

  3. Aw, come on…what’s on the screen? 🙂
    Your character names are quite entertaining. DeeDee (Double D) is great!

  4. Thanks for linking up to Trifecta this week. Your writing is so well-crafted. Your first paragraph reads so. . .male. It’s like one of those guy movies, and I’m kind of half-listening until you get to, “The bunnies were everywhere.” I don’t know how you do it, but I love that you do. Hope to see you back again soon.

  5. I’m not the first to say it, but yeah, you have a knack names. The name DeeDee Lottagams is disgustingly wonderful. Her name says everything I need to know about her.

    Whether I would watch a show like “Rake & Shovel” would depend entirely on the personality of Donald Carcharias. If he were too crude and direct, the show would be too cruel, but if he were, how shall we say, suave, I might be a regular viewer. I am marveling at the reaction you managed to elicit from me with just a sentence about the show.

  6. cookiemomma

    your imagination is so entertaining! Thanks
    BTW I mentioned you as one of my faves!!!

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