WAY OF THE TILT

by Bill Reed

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WAY OF THE TILT

by Bill Reed

He had to sit down and think about things. He just didn’t know where on earth he was anymore. He was an antique buyer who had to know that, or how could be know within what decade or century or epoch he was bidding for? Soon, no auctioneer was even taking his bid because they didn’t think he knew where he was! Not even re-growing the right side of his military-style moustache back to his family traditions could return him to feeling feet-planted-firmly.
The Discovery Channel explained that he wasn’t alone. All Mankind all down the ages didn’t – couldn’t! – know where it or they ever were. There was, he learnt, no settlement or endeavour or destination in human history that ended up where it was intended to be – and there were very few chosen individuals who really knew where on earth they really were.
Creepy Manny thought his way through it. It was simple, really. You only had to stand sideways to the tilt, twitch your military-style moustache’s right side at the right moment, and pluck out from the tilt the right moment in time’n’place as to where you wanted to go as it came sliding by.
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