“Of course I think They are out to get me,” Pete said. “I’m paranoid.”

“I’m treblenoid,” Terri added. “I think They are out to get everyone.”

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Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tale, a weekly feature where we collaborate to write a story. Previous Tuesday’s Tales include Da Ballotz and Planning Black Friday. We follow the basic rules of the “Yes, And” improvisational game – accept everything written so far as part of the story, and add your own paragraph (or so) where the last addition left off – except you needn’t begin your addition with “Yes, and.” I’ll start the story….


Editor’s Note: I had to make them Noyeds, rather than Noids or Noyds, because both of the latter words are commercial trademarks. I bet They did that….


Mark introduced himself. “I’m Mark, a mononoid. I’m out to get Them.”

“And as a deminoid,” Debbie said, “I don’t think They exist.”

Nancy, a newcomer, nodded. “I didn’t realize there was such a range of noias.”

“And that’s why we get together,” Pete said. “To find balance.”

“We usually end up somewhere in the middle,” Terri said, “around a noid-and-a-half.”

“Which is to say, more than annoyed,” Mark grumbled. “With a y-e-d, not an o-i-d.”

“Why would you get annoyed with,” Nancy began, then stopped. “Ahh, I get it.”

“Have a seat,” Pete offered, pointing to the folding chairs. “Unless you brought your own, like I do. I don’t trust the chairs They put in here.”

Debbie sighed. “They didn’t put them here, Pete. I brought them.”

“In that case,” Nancy said, pulling a chair over to the table, “I’ll take a seat. It looks comfy.”

“Looks can be deceiving,” Terri said. “They rely on that.”

“So what’s on the agenda?” Mark asked. “Who should I be out to get?”

Pete held up a sheet of paper. “They want to patent the genes for eye colors. If you and Mrs. Mark have a blue-eyed daughter, she would have to pay royalties.”

“Where did you find that?” Debbie asked skeptically.

Pete crossed his arms. “On the internet, of course.”


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