The Bus Trip
by Dr Nick
A shrinking story
The beautiful Thai lady smiled as her maid placed a bowl of curry before
her. The maid then produced a covered tray. She lifted the lid,
displaying a tiny tour bus, less than four inches long, perhaps an inch
and a half high. Faint, tiny screams could be heard from inside the
bus, and inside it, little people began to run about in panic. They
were tourists whom the maid had shrunk while they were visiting the
city. They were all less than half an inch tall.
The bus had made a wrong turn into an alley, and was stuck. The maid,
in a nearby shop, knew spells, and cast one quickly over the bus. It
dwindled rapidly. As she walked over to the spot where it stood, the
shopkeepers around her closed up quickly, as they knew what would happen
next, and did not want to be called as witnesses, because witnesses the
size of gnats are very hard to hear and don't live very long.
The bus driver leaped from his window and ran. The maid arrived just as
he jumped over a quarter inch crack in the pavement. "Very agile!" she
laughed at the terrified escapee. "Now watch out for my little toe!"
Her delicate foot descended over him slowly as he tried to run further,
engulfing him in shadow. He made a gallant run for it, but in the end
it was like trying to run out from under a falling skyscraper. When she
raised her sandal, there was a gooey red spot like chewing gum stuck to
She plucked the bus up between thumb and forefinger, and peered inside.
The ant-sized men and women, some on the best vacation of their lives,
screamed in terror when they saw her gigantic eyes. She smiled, placed
the bus in her purse, and went to her mistress's home.
Now the maid placed the bus in the palm of her left hand and gripped its
roof with her right. One little man escaped through an emergency exit
and ran down the crease in her palm, past her pinkie, and leaped to an
uncertain freedom, only to land with a tiny plop in the wine goblet that
sat before the mistress. The mistress laughed, and took a sip of wine.
When she placed the glass back, the little man was no longer in it. She
let him lay on her tongue for a mere moment, savoring her power, and
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