The Atonement Glowing Pigs and Artie the Genius Chimp

Saturday, August 4, 2018

What a relief to be in my sanctuary.  Sit down and relax relax with me.  

Photo by Unsplash (I don’t have a room like this, so let’s pretend.)

Last time, I voiced my dislike of acronyms.  It inspired our marvelous Story Reading Ape to be a bit of a prankster.  He spontaneously created a slue of acronyms as he wrote a story (yes, he became the Story Telling Ape), which continued the adventures of Atonement, Tennessee’s otherworldly pigs. 

Please welcome back, Artie the Genius Chimp and creation of the Story Reading Ape.  I proudly present to you, an original story by Chris Graham.

You can read Deme, Honeybell, and the Batmobile here.  Without further monkeying around, here’s another snort story.

Artie Meets the Glowing Pigs

Artie sketch thinking color steampunk
Artie, courtesy of Chris Graham

Artie the inventor and TSA-RT (Time/Space/Alternative-Realities Traveller) Chimp was in a right fix…

LYEDS (Light Years, Eons and Dimensional Shifts) from home; the SbMCW (Smallest, but Most Crucial, Widget) in his MTSA-RTM (Mobile Time/Space/Alternative-Realities Travelling Machine), had broken, leaving him well and truly stranded in the back-end of NW2 (nowhere/no-when).

To make matters worse, he was so far out of the TSCL (Time Space Continuum Loop), there was no light in that part of the multiverse, apart from his machine’s main headlight, which couldn’t reach back into heart of the MTSA-RTM (see above) “engine.”

Naughty Chimps
The Naughty Chimps, courtesy Chris Graham

A thorough search of his EK (Emergency Kit) revealed the presence of an RW (Replacement Widget) and necessary tools, but the total lack of his H-T (Headband-Torch), probably “borrowed” by one of the other NGs (Naughty Chimps), so they could RTCiB (read their comics in bed), meant he couldn’t see to carry out the necessary repairs.

There was no other choice.  Artie had to go into DPS (Deep Pondering State) in order to send out a TDS (Telepathic Distress Signal) and hope that an SSF (Someone/Something Friendly) would hear it and come to help.

2 Pigs

Within nanoseconds, his DPS was interrupted by a loud PLOP (a short sharp noise) and two glowing piglets greeted him.

“Hello Artie, our names are Deme and Honeybell, we are your DRs (Designated Rescuers), how may we help?”

“Hello, Deme and Honeybell, so good of you to come so quickly.”

“If you could hover over this compartment and increase your GFs (Glow Factors) a bit more, I should be able to see well enough to fix my machine,” Artie suggested to the pigs.

Chimp Thinker Smirk
Ponderating Chimp, courtesy Chris Graham

In less time than it took to read this report, Artie removed and replaced the SbMCW (see above).

Being a well-mannered chimp, Artie gave Deme and Honeybell a lift back to their home, before returning to his.

The moral of the story?

Always check that everything is in your EK before leaving home.

Always practice your DPS, you never know when you might need to use it.

Always treat all creatures with respect, you never know when you might need their help.




The End.


If you have any questions about the “Atonement-verse” feel free to leave them in a comment.  I love to hear from you.  Hugs and glows!


Now, promoting my “partner in crime,” Chris Graham.

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A lovely book of poetry by Chris Graham’s mom


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Here’s the requisite shameless self-promotion of my own books…

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Original Artie Story Copyright © 2018 Christopher Graham

This is a work of fiction.  Characters, names, places, and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, locales, or events is entirely coincidental.

Copyright © 2018 by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

All rights reserved.

No part of this work may be reproduced, scanned, or distributed in any printed or electronic form without permission.  Please do not participate in or encourage piracy of copyrighted materials in violation of the author’s rights.

All images are either the property of the author or provided by free sources, unless stated otherwise. 

109 thoughts on “The Atonement Glowing Pigs and Artie the Genius Chimp

    1. Thank you very kindly, David. You’ve made me smile. That’s why I enjoy writing “urban” fantasy. I can remove the limits of imagination and yet combine it with the day-to-day world. I appreciate you visiting. Have a thriving Thursday! Hugs

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    1. Haha! I’m glad to lend a hand, Christoph. Thanks for taking a moment to visit. LOL, my Monday went with a THiaHB (to hell in a hand basket) even faster than usual and promises to keep going until it crashes through the gates, crosses the River Styx and starts making it’s way down Dante’s circles. Hugs on the (pigs) wing!

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    1. Isn’t it though? You’d be welcome any time, Jan. Nice to pretend for a moment, since I don’t own anything. Sorry about the headache — I thought mine would come off my shoulders! LOL. Thanks so much for visiting. Hugs!

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  1. I am with you on the acronyms front Teagan most of which I just don’t get and it winds up bigtime…A brilliant story though from Chris and for once I can forgive all the acronyms 🙂 Loved it!

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  2. No monkeying around, this made my morning!!! 🐵
    Looking around, I think I can’t wait until we’re a Planet of Apes lol 🙈 🙉 🙊
    Hope everyone is having a wonder-filled week so far!!! ❤️❤️❤️
    Mega going bananas for this story!!! hugs xoxoxo 🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌

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    1. Hi Donna, it’s great to see you! Ha! Ya know… And I’m definitely having a Monday of a Monday… But seeing you brightens the sky even in Mordor. Thanks for visiting. I’m so happy you enjoyed this story from Chris. Mega hugs right back — Monday Monday and every other day.

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  3. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Usually over the weekend I will pop over to Teagan Geneviene to find out what flapper era gem she might have treated us to. This week TSRA (The Story Reading Ape) has broken out of his VIPE (Very Important Person’s Enclosure) and has taken over Teagan’s blog to write a short story…Artie Meets the Glowing Pigs is JPWA (jam packed with acronyms) apparently a pet hate of Teagan Geneviene.. oops….#recommended

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  4. I’m going to leave the acronym creation to MCA (more clever apes.) 🙂 Thanks for the fun attitude adjustment Chris and Teagan. Can you beam me over to that cute room in the photo? It looks like a perfect place to write, rest, and ponder life!

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  5. I deal with so many acronyms that I have grown to shake my head – thanks for applying the appropriate AAAF (Acronym Attitude Adjustment Factor). This was just what I needed to put a rainy Saturday on the right path.

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    1. Hi Dan. At work they don’t even know what half the acronyms they use mean. Then I’m left trying to explain them to some new executive. Yes, a lot of head-shaking from me too. I’m glad Chris and I could bring a little sunshine to your Saturday. Maybe you’ll give yourself a break from all those projects. You’ve been working really hard. Happy weekend hugs!

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    1. Haha! I just imagined my phone buzzing with that alert, Chris! The other day I had a weather alert for “Falling Trees.” (Due to the ground being to saturated to support many of the huge old trees.) That felt strange. So I wouldn’t be surprised by whatever kind of alert came next. 😉
      Thanks for sharing from the tree-house. Mega hugs.

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