Disconnect – Convenient Incidents (26/84)

The Incense Salesman
The Keeper’s Finds (Part 1)


[You have disconnected.]

Stranger: heyy f/.21 selling nud3s and meetups.snapchat me @t serena.baddie

[You have disconnected.]

Stranger: Hello, male 40 here

[You have disconnected.]

Stranger: f14 horny hi

He mutters, “Jesus Fuckin’ Christ,” under his breath, then taps the esc key twice.

[You have disconnected.]

A creak akin to that of a soggy basement door overrides the hum of the minifridge in the corner as Cyrus leans back in his chair with his hands folded over his stomach. His cheeks puff out as he blows air out of his mouth like he was making a wish on a birthday cake, but no burning candles catch his breath. It’s approximately eight o’clock in the morning and Cyrus has already found himself creeping on Omingle, quite possibly the world’s sleeziest, nastiest, most bot-infested online random chatroom – in other words, Cyrus has reached a new low, and the only way he can bring himself to acknowledge this fact is by staring at his reflection in the screen of his computer and trying to blow it away. But, just like the other four times Cyrus has leaned back in the chair this morning, it just doesn’t work.

Sitting back up, Cyrus wields his wireless mouse and drags the cursor to the bottom left corner of the screen and clicks on the New button. He’s then connected to someone from somewhere in the world and waits for the stranger to start the conversation.

Nothing happens.

Cyrus types hello and presses enter. Based on this, the stranger chooses to disconnect.

“All right then.”

Even though he doesn’t want to, Cyrus keeps connecting and immediately disconnecting with strangers for the next forty-five minutes of his finite life. After clearing his search history (God forbid Cyrus goes to look at his history and sees that he actually went back on Omingle again), he shuts down the desktop, grabs his laptop bag, and leaves for work.

Hello Commons, this has been the first subchapter of the sixth story from Convenient Incidents, an anthology of fifteen interconnected short stories which revolve around a man by the name of Hilter Odolf Williamson.

Convenient Incidents is part of the Third Spiral, an anthology of sorts called The Here and Now which is comprised of stories told from the various planes of Existence.

Convenient Incidents is available to read for free in its entirety on my website. Click here to check it out.

I’ve written a few other books, too. Click here to see the list.

If you like Convenient Incidents and would like to help support my work, click here and buy an autographed copy of the book (or anything else!) from my store. Alternatively, you can snag a cheaper (and unsigned) copy from Amazon by clicking here OR you can buy the ebook for even cheaper here.

If you’re there, hypothetical reader, thank you for being there. Be well Commons~

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