The Conservatory

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You glance through the bars. You prepare yourself for something grand enough to be worthy of The House, and expect a lavishly, glass-wrapped eden that would eclipse all imagining.

But you do not expect this.

The House, of course, is infinite enough to contain other greenhouses.

You wonder, for a moment, if it would not be better to visit them instead.

“Do not stray off of the path," the guardsman says. “Do not touch the plants. Some areas of the conservatory are sealed within glass. Do not touch the glass. Do not approach the glass.”

“Ok,” you reply, shakily. Events are moving a tad too fast for comfort.

“Raise your arms.”

You oblige, and he begins to strap highly sophisticated and well worn body armour to your torso. He tries several helmets on you until he finds one that fits. Then he hands you a steel garden rake.

He presses a button and the iron bars slide open.

“What’s this for?” You ask him, holding the rake.

“Your protection,” he says, gently pushing you out.

The door closes behind you.

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  1. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    feed me seymore! I love that he sorts through helmets to find one that fits, and that whole scene with the recitation of the rules, and the worn armor.. lol. It’s like he is a carnival ride operator.

  2. Avatar Sanglorian

    I don’t like the phrase ‘infinite enough’. Something is either infinite or not infinite, it’s never ‘infinite enough’.

    But I really like the following line, ‘You wonder, for a moment, if it would not be better to visit them instead.’

  3. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Hilarious and dangerous. I like the tone and the guard’s matter-of-fact tone. Lots of tension and possibilities here. Not a greenhouse I would visit.

  4. Avatar cthulhuburger

    I agree with ElshaHawk and THX. The gardener guardsman (guardener?) really makes the story work.

    When the narrator asks what the rake is for, I expected the guard to say, “It won’t do you any good, but it’ll make you feel better.”

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