SBL Bits & Bites

Sizzling Bits and Tasty Bites / Excerpts

It’s A Sound-Byte Life – Opening Salvos – Chapter One 

Bitter to the belly, slight to the mouth, sweet going in, stuck in the out; you want me.

The Riddler underscored his riddle in red then flicked the page. The lad seated beside tossed his eyes askance, pretending he’d seen neither dot nor doodle, but it was too late. The riddle had already found its mark and was rattling his brain, like a pack of monkeys on drums.

Bitter to the belly, slight to the mouth, sweet going in, stuck in the out; you want me.

This flight was full.

One baby on board had colic. She seemed totally bent on summoning heaven’s army to her plight.

Farther up the isle, two flight attendants were serving snacks. Vodka and Martinis were being served by a third attendant. Coke, Ginger Ale, Perrier, tomato juice, orange juice and Fiji water, if preferred for their kinder prices, were plentiful too. But there was no milk. And no formula. And no sucker on board could settle the stirred embers of this hell.

Snacks were free, smiles complimentary and the tormented sky remained unfriendly. However, every passenger got the usual pair of red earphones loved for its special logo, for free, to access any of the twelve channels, picked and set to the ready.

“Peanuts, sir?”

Dramatized readings of A Sound Byte Life enjoyed on The Journey Radio Show can be heard on the following episodes:

A Sound Byte Life by Neville DeAngelou

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