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Horror Short Stories

Mors Ex Machina

The grim reaper has been outdated for hundreds of years. Sure, people still die, but it’s automated now. You’ve enjoyed eternal retirement, but one day you’re told that the machine has been sabotaged. It might be time for death to get old school.

The first person was a middle-aged woman who was now in her late thirties. She had a dark red eye patch, and a scar on her upper right thigh from an elbow injury the machines had inflicted. Her shirt was torn open and open again. Death would have taken her long ago were it not for her efforts to disable the machinery of Death. She’d gone into the room and removed some equipment, and she’d gone back into hiding when she heard the scream of the machine.

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She had been too late, however. The machine had been hacked away the moment she’d stepped foot inside the room. It had begun to scream, and the screams and screams of people nearby were coming in from all directions; they were all deafened in their ears by the noise. They were all now screaming at each other, in horror, in confusion. The machines were no longer the problem. They were a mere secondary concern.

The second person was younger and darker, and was still a bit of a wizened old woman. She had a short silver-brown hair pulled into a loose bun at her shoulders, and the edges of her eye patch were missing. She was dressed in the same pale green clothing as her counterpart, and had a similar eye patch. Her skin was still a little pale, but most of what came down her back had not been removed. Her face was still a few shades too pale, the corners of her eyes still puckered. The edges of her mouth had been cut off.

She had looked as if she had come out from some deep dark space in time that was not this place. There had been a hint of a certain menace behind the grim reaper, a sense that she was the one who had done this, and the screams of those around her echoed this sense of dread. She had not noticed this, and so it was not until the screams stopped that she realized that the scream hadn’t come from a dead person. She had broken Death, and now she was back to summon the Reaper to fix it.

She had no intention of coming out of this alive, though. She would take her own life with her. There would be no more screaming, and nobody could hear her if she did, and she had no need for the Reaper anyway. But now that she’d entered the room, she felt nothing but fear. It seemed the whole purpose of the chamber was to make her afraid, and that made her a little dizzy. The machine screamed and shook, and as the screaming died down it seemed to become less frantic. The scream seemed to go on for longer and it was possible she was going to die before the machine was able to reboot.

The third person stood out like a sore thumb. She looked like you wouldn’t believe this, but this person had not been able to escape the deathtrap. It was still dark within the room, but it was now dimmer and more focused. She seemed to have lost her sense of colour, and the blood of the machine was a dull brown. She was dressed in a white jacket, and white trousers. Some of them were torn, and the fabric had been ripped through.

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It took a moment for them to realize that they were all the same person, and they were Death. They knew what they had to do to restore the machine.

There was no time to regret. The machine would restart soon enough.

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Food

McDonald’s Secret Menu Items

If you like McDonald’s, you’ll love these secret menu items. I got to try three of these things—but you can do yours here.

The Secret Menu

  1. McGlory Fried Chicken

It takes a lot of cooking to get to where they get the best McGlory chicken; they’ve done the cooking in house. This is a perfect chicken dish. The sauce is deep-fried chicken, but no oil. It’s rich, buttery, and delicious—no matter where you get it.

  1. Chicken Potpie Pie

This is the dish the McDonald’s marketing department will tell you to never order because of the pie crust, but what a way to end your week. There’s nothing like a good pie. Get yours at your local store.

  1. Big Mac Mac & Cheese

If you’re going to order a Big Mac Mac Mac and cheese (or, in this case, a Big Mac Chicken and Cheese with Cheese on top), then go for it. This is the real deal—the Big Mac is cooked to perfection—it’s deep fried with the perfect amount of sauce.

  1. Chicken-Seared Macaroni & Cheese

If you want to make this macaroni and cheese for yourself, you can’t go wrong. The sauce is a bit salty at first, so be careful. I think the best part about this recipe is that you can just sprinkle them liberally with your favourite cheese. (I like Gruyère and Monterey Jack.)

  1. Chicken Breast with Ranch Dressing

What’s best for the chicken wing you’ve got stuck to the back of your eye, is to serve this dish to it. I love the chicken breast with ranch dressing.

  1. Chicken Breast with Bacon, Onions and Cheddar

This is my favourite chicken wing. It’s the one you see on the menus at many restaurants. I’m not talking about the one you get as a free meal. There are so many different things that make this wing stand out. I love it because the sauce on the breast is rich and creamy and the cheese is thick and buttery and not burnt, like so many other things. It’s not as spicy as I would like it to be, but I’ll admit I’m still a bit picky. (The bacon is a little smoky and I would have liked it a bit hotter.) It has a very soft, crispy exterior and a really tender meat inside. I love that this is a very simple dish because you can put your favourite things on top and then it just becomes the perfect chicken wing. It’s the perfect chicken wing.

  1. Chicken-Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Cheese, and Bacon

You may be surprised that the chicken breast and the cheese on top are so delicious. But, you’re not. The chicken breast and the cheese are the star of the show. The sauce is rich, buttery, and delicious. It is the most perfect combination of chicken and cheese I’ve ever had, and it’s also very easy
, because you just put the ingredients together and pour the sauce over them, but there is a little bit of work involved. I love to add a layer of ranch cheese for extra sauce and a layer of the cheese for some sort of flavour. So, you don’t want to add cheese before you start; you want to get as close as possible to your favourite cheese. That’s the best way to cook things.

  1. The Mac & Cheese with Shrimp

You don’t have to go to the McDonalds to try the Mac and Cheese with shrimp—they make it in a restaurant. This is probably why it’s so easy—you mix it up with some chicken and shrimp and it’s a good combination.

  1. McDouble Mac N’ Cheese

I love how easy this burger and cheese are: Just spread them over the bun and then just put it in the middle of the bun. You can serve it in a bun, as a sandwich, on a sandwich bun, in a bun as a sandwich (with meat or cheese), or on a bun as a side. It’s an all-time classic and, for me, you want to have one of every kind. If you don’t have a favorite sandwich bun, just use a regular bun or even a bag of chips.

  1. Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Onions

You probably know how to make this mac and cheese, right? It’s the most simple dish, and one of the easiest things to make. It’s very, very simple, except for some bacon. But that’s just what the sauce and cheese do. They are so good that I could eat them and have a full meal.