The Phantom Servo


Subject:      Follow me, for I am the Phantom Servo... [Part 1 of a series]
Date:         Thu, 26 Oct 2000 17:29:28 -0800
From: (Blackhawk)
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The Phantom moved easily through the crowded evening street and into the
brightly lit grocery store. He tried to lose himself among canned goods
until he thought it was long enough, that the Scavengers who sought his
handiwork had passed by.

He stopped at the magazine rack and buried his head in an issue of Maxim
as he continued his wait.

Suddenly he heard a blood curdling scream. Glancing to his left, he saw
what appeared to be a pool of red in the housewares aisle. Running past a
rack of cheap plastic squirt guns, he turned the corner to see the source
of the screams as a mid-fortyish woman with dark hair yelled at her 3 year
old daughter (who was probably quite cute when she wasn't screaming at the
top of her lungs) "Absolutely *no more* Pokeman crap!!".

He glanced down to see the "red pool" was merely part of a Campbell's soup
ad stuck to the floor. Relived, yet annoyed, he returned to the magazine

"They never carry comics anymore" he signed to himself. At this point the
manager started to give him one of those "You buying or reading" looks and
so, snatching up the latest issue of "Men's Health" he worked his way to
the checkstand.

The man in front of him had an entire shopping cart full of black VHS tapes.

"Are they having a special on the tapes?" the Phantom asked.

"Huh? Oh no, I need these for all the shows I tape."

"You tape a lot of shows?"

"Just the Science Fiction. Normally I only tape Roswell, Dark Angel,
Buffy, Angel, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Voyager, 7 Days, Farscape, Third Wave
and the Invisible Man. But this month the sci-fi channel is running B5 in
the widescreen edition. This will be the third time I've taped the entire
series, and I wanted fresh tape for this!"

"I see. Since you watch so much TV, what did you think about the third
presidential debate last week?"

"There was a debate?"

The Phantom smiled to himself as he realized this fellow wasn't watching
*all* the science fiction on TV...

"People that are really very weird can get into sensitive
positions and have a tremendous impact on history."
Governor George W. Bush, Jr.

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