from the book of sponge and others, take two

a reading from the book of sponge and others, really:
and the blitz had striken offally and left only one toilet intact but the people in offally did neither wail or gnashed their teeth. just nibbled off their neighbours’ backs and queued to deliver the fruit of their nibble. but while the meat was still between their teeth and before it could be consumed, the anger of the lot burned against the people, and struck them with a severe plague.
you have to start queuing while you chew and digest, otherwise you won’t get a seat, the man said, blame the government for it.
he’s not the man, said sponge. we have to keep waiting.
he’s not here, said breadroll, being negative about things.
be negative, said sponge, saves you disappointments.

the others

and what about the others? what about them?
what about them? sponge choose a different intonation to sound convincingly surprised. what?
let’s have a power meeting. alright?
we’re running out of time.

this one and others

we don’t want you to ruin this episode for us, said sponge.
nor any other, said breadroll, but this one in particular.
exactly, nor any other, said sponge.
but this one in particular, said breadroll, to make that clear.
highlight and earmark, said sponge. attach a memo. at least a post-it. and send an email, copy me in.
block of wood, however, the addressee of the repeatedly placed request not to ruin this episode — or indeed any other — did not get the message until much later; too late, as some argued.
other this and other episodes a morning breeze blew. nothing new. the description of sensations of nature puts a piece of prose in a more natural context.

others went before

shall we go, said sponge, motionless
let’s go, said breadroll. he does not move.
we can’t, said block of wood.
why not, said breadroll.
just because, said block of wood. besides, he said, others went before us and see where it got them. he pointed at the man.
motion ban, said sponge.
i see, said breadroll.
what, said sponge.
the man is closing up the sheep, said breadroll, fair enough i suppose. he has been here for quite a while.

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