Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Memory-Making Machine

That was when I invented it. The Memory-Making Machine. Admittedly, the proto-type was relatively crude, but still, patenting a device that elicits memories? Pure gold!
Once it is securely fastened to the cranium, a simple manipulation of the machine's lever can produce amazing effects. The lever works much like a joystick; move it up, and viola! A nostalgic memory from childhood. Move it down, and a warm or romantic recollection pops into the wearer's mind. Left generates random remembrances - great for Trivial Pursuit! And right? Well, you probably don't want to move it right.
Although there was some criticism of early models of the Memory-Making Machine, mostly due to some unfortunate incidents of brain hemorrhaging, its wearer-fatality rate has dropped significantly since the scissors lever was replaced with a less sharp implement. And, based on user feedback, wearers now also have the option to turn off the regurgitated memory ticker!
Memory Machine
Story created from the prompt: "That was when I invented it."  This prompt was furnished by the site Adam Maxwell's Fiction Lounge. For this site or other helpful writing prompt sites, check out:
Image: "Memory Machine," created with Polyvore.
Memory-Making Machine, Alisha Adkins, copyright 2013.  First published on  This also appeared in the Abecedary of the Absurd as part of the collection Twisted Tales for Twisted Minds, second edition.