Sunday, November 28, 2010

BTAP #104: Don't Drink and Drive by Nik Morton

He scoured the motorway and sky. Pristine flyovers, curvaceous intersections, grubby middle-distance fields, unsightly hedgerows, and the myrtle haze of the false dawn. Safe. He fished out a whisky tablet.

Sliding the lozenge onto his furry tongue, he let the saliva dissolve it. Within seconds, his brain soared giddily with the fiery alcohol.

Conscious of motorway camera-eyes, he automatically checked the night sky and also his rearview picture screen on the dashboard. No police in sight. Just as well, he was very near the forty-milligram limit. Forty milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood didn't leave much leeway.

Still, not far to home and Jane, his wife.
Read the latest BTAP sci-fi tale from Nik Morton, "Don't Drink and Drive."

Next: Ian Ayris is "By the Dim and Flaring Lamps."

Soon: "Believe" by Lina Zeldovich.

Don't forget BEAT to a PULP: Round One makes a terrific Christmas present.