Part 1 [1/9/12]
The arcade is a wonderful place. Lots of lights, noise and machines. I really like the racing games, even if I do find them a bit of a rip off.
But even more of a rip off, are the grabber machines. They have lots of toys for you get. If you can. The whole thing is a fix, and that's where this story starts.
I was getting real mad at this one grabber machine that just wouldn't let me capture this Angry Bird no matter how much I tried. So far, I had put about ten quid in, and that's not counting all the other days I've spent money on this machine.
And so, the last pound for this day and I've got two turns left. Holding the forward button, the crane of the grabber moves more to the back. Then holding the left button, and the crane goes left. As soon as I let the left button go, the crane starts moving down.
I was after the black Angry Bird, the only one in this machine. And no other machines held Angry Birds.
The crane hits the bottom and the three prongs have covered the toy. They close up on it, and the crane starts moving up. As soon as it hits the top, the toy gets released as the crane wobbles.
That was it!
In frustration I kicked out at the machine. My foot caught in the prize flap. As I tried to get it free, my other foot was hopping about as I try to keep steady.
Some strange sensation then takes me and the next thing I see is a room full of people. The grabber machine had gone.
"Oh look," one of the other people say, "another one's just come along."
"Another one what?" I ask.
"Another frustrated person."
The man points upward. "They don't like it when there are people angrier than they are."
"What are you on about?"
A door then opens. Every wall is green, so the door was hidden. The black Angry Bird that I had been trying to get then jumps through the door, followed by two of the red. They then start talking with each other, not that we could understand what they were saying.
Caught as I was by the sight of this, I hadn't noticed that everyone else had pressed themselves to the walls. The three Angry Birds then jump to me. One of them then picks me up with its wing.
All four of us then go back through the door. I close my eyes.
I then hear raucous laughter that sounds more like chirruping birds. When I open my eyes again I am blinded by the amount of light streaming through the glass.
I was in the main bay of the arcade machine.
Part 2 [4/9/12]
I wanted to escape, but the Angry Bird that had grabbed me was holding on tight. Soon I was left in the middle, and all the other Angry Birds were getting restless.
They started closing in on me. As one was about to jump on me, I ducked. It bowled me over, and was still. I managed to work my way from underneath it to look through the glass.
The reason they had all gone still was that someone had seen the machine and was now looking in.
I looked longingly at the crane, willing it to start moving. When it did, I was startled, but then I heard the voice of the person - "Oh! Someone must have left some credit left in it."
I was thankful I had got captured when I did. But, keeping an eye on the crane, I saw where it was heading. Quickly I ran to the Angry Bird it was capturing and managed to grab hold of the beak.
It wasn't far to the hole where the won prizes dropped. Carefully noting this, I planned to wait. But as it hit the top, the Angry Bird started to fall. I swear I heard it laughing.
I wasn't going to wait to hit the bottom, however, and took a running jump at the hole. I was going to make it. I really was. But instead I hit glass. I fell, and so did my hopes of getting out of here.
The Angry Birds were bound to start moving again any second. One look confirmed they were still. Taking a few steps back, I saw why. The girl was still looking into the machine, gazing longingly at the Angry Birds.
"What are you looking at?" I then here through the glass.
"I want one of those!" the girl exclaims.
"Here you go then," the other voice says. "But that's all your getting. We've got to get a move on."
I had no idea how much he had given the girl, so I planned to get out on the first go. And I would do so by grabbing the crane, not the prize.
I was in luck. The cranes top had come all the way down to the bottom, so I could easily grab hold of it. I wished the Angry Birds could have seen that escape. The crane then hits the top, then starts making its way back over the hole.
At which point, I had a problem. The height was too much. From the outside looking down as a human, it hardly looks any distance. But from the prizes point of view, the drop is scary.
But as it was either a quick end by dropping, or whatever the Angry Birds had planned, I figured it would be quicker and easier to choose when to die. And so I drop from the crane, but grab hold of the top of the glass to stem the fall.
My arms feel the force of that impact and it feels like all I want to be doing is letting go. But I realise that I am now stuck. The prize flap can only be opened from the outside. Which means I need to wait for a prize to be won.
Looking up, the crane starts moving again. The grumbling and growling of it...
That can't be the crane. Looking down at the Angry Birds, I see that they are the ones grumbling and growling, having realised that I've gone.
I see the crane capture one of them, and as it is lifted up, I see its eyes lock onto me. And from where I was, I saw something else. It had grabbed hold of one part of the crane.
Apparently, they didn't want me to escape.
But from this, I knew I could escape. As soon as it dropped, I could grab it and be free. Which is exactly what I did. The fur of the Angry Bird stemmed the impact to the floor, and as the prize flap opened, I ran and jumped out of it.
I was looking down on the Angry Birds. Through glass. I was full sized again!
No-one seemed to have noticed. The family were preoccupied by what the girl had won. Instead, I went searching for an arcade engineer. I told him that I had heard a weird sound coming from one of the machines, and slowly led him to it, to give the family time to move on.
By the time we got there, they had. The man opens up the machine with the Angry Birds in it, and, not that he noticed, all those that were trapped escaped as well.
The engineer clearly stated there was nothing wrong with the machine. I barely heard him. I was just thankful that the Angry Birds wouldn't be torturing anyone else because of my escape.
Crazy Shorts are simple stories that only take a short amount of time to write. Maybe just one part, or one episode of up to six parts. If a crazy short is started, it won't conflict with other stories on here. In other words, the two regular parts uploaded of the main stories, plus a part of this. Bear in mind though, that the upload of these will be random and not follow a timetable of additions like the main stories do.