123 - Robot Gopher Game

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Tested out a new memory game with my eldest. The story is there is a robot gopher tearing up the yard and you have to capture it three times (like hitting a boss three times). Unfortunately, your "Gopher Catcher 2000" lost the stickers on the buttons, so you don't know which button does what.

The game is straight forward:

  1. Shuffle and place the 9 cards in a 3x3 grid face down
  2. Roll 2d6
  3. The robot gopher appears on that spot on the paper grid
  4. Player chooses a card from the 3x3 grid. If it matches, you score a point. Turn the card face down and do it again. If it doesn't match, you don't score a point. Turn the card face down and it's the next player's turn.
  5. First player to hit 3 points wins.

122 - The Meteor

From the Storymatic: Person who wants acceptance & Meteor heading toward Earth

Red filled the space above the horizon. White clouds were replaced with voluminous blobs of orange. You could see impending doom without a telescope or binoculars. A dark sphere was sitting there in the middle of sky, a small halo of blue around it, the whole thing getting a little bigger each minute.

Most day to day operations of living a regular life had pretty much ceased. Folks weren't toiling in the fields any more nor were they making sure their homes were being maintained. Leaky roofs stayed leaky and walls that needed holes patched stayed, well, holey.

A red lizard, wearing multiple tan cloaks, shuffled along the chainlink fence surrounding the city. He ran his hands along the edges, periodically turning his head to look into the city with longing eyes. He reached one end of the fence, turned around, and shuffled in the opposite direction. Then, out of nowhere, he was crushed.

Crushed, yes. Crushed to death? No.

Sadie Cat and Mao had fallen out of the honeycomb portal on top of this red lizard, causing a dust cloud to appear and coughing to incur.

"Sorry! Sorry! Sorry!" Sadie Cat exclaimed. She leapt off the lizard and yanked Mao along with her.

The red lizard groaned and stood up slowly.

"Who are you?" he asked.

"My name is Sadie Cat and this is Mao," Sadie Cat said and Mao waved. "Are you okay?" she asked.

The lizard rubbed his back and adjusted his cloaks. "Outside of being fallen on, I'm okay." The way he said it, however, seemed to tell another story altogether.

"Sounds like something's wrong? Is there anything we can do?" Sadie Cat asked. Of course there was something they could do, she thought. If there wasn't anything they could do the honeycomb portal would not have dropped them here.

"Hey, guys?" Mao asked. "What's that?" He pointed at the dark sphere in the sky, slowly getting larger, blue halo blazing around it.

"That's the meteor," the red lizard commented. "It's coming and there's not much we can do about it."

"What do you mean it's coming? Like it's going to hit the planet?" Sadie Cat asked.

"That's what they say," the red lizard replied. He audibly sighed.

Mao looked at Sadie Cat, hand still pointing at the meteor on its way to the planet. "This must be what we're here for!" he said. "Maybe there's a power plant or some super weapon that needs fixing."

The red lizard overheard Sadie Cat and Mao's conversation. He interjected. "I'm not sure what you've heard, but there's not much we can do about the meteor. All the plans and attempts have been exhausted. Scientists expect the meteor to hit the planet in a few days. Most are just with their families, holed up, and spending the last moments of their lives together." The red lizard looked past the fence.

There was a long pause. Finally, Sadie Cat spoke up. "How about you?" she asked.

"Me?" the red lizard pointed to himself. "Just waiting for the world's demise. I'm fine."

"You don't seem fine," Mao said. "Looks like you're circling the fence, twirling your fingers along the holes between the chainlink. Is your family in the city? Is there somewhere you can go?"

"Yes, my family is in there, but..." the red lizard trailed off.

The meteor in the sky was getting larger, something like holding a tennis ball in the sky. It was starting to make Sadie Cat and Mao feel uncomfortable.

"I'm assuming that you feel like you can't go and see them?" Sadie Cat asked.

"We had a falling out of sorts a few years ago. Things were said. Other things were thrown. Someone else may have been arrested. It's a bit messy." The red lizard paused. "I can't go back."

"Why not?" Mao asked in a somewhat impatient tone.

"I just... can't. It would be too weird... don't you... don't you think?" the red lizard looked like he was begging for affirmation in his decisions.

"A giant meteor falling from the sky to destroy the planet is weird. Making amends at the end of days is the right thing to do," Mao stated.

The red lizard crossed his arms, tapped his elbows, and his eyes quivered. It felt like very slow gears inside his heart started to turn, gears that were old, rusted, and hadn't turned in a very long time. He could feel certain emotions fall into place while other ones shifted out of his mind space completely. He pursed his lips and furrowed his brows. He reached out his hand and moved the fence in front of him. He took a step forward through and turned his head and saw that Sadie Cat and Mao were gone.