CPSC Micro-fiction #7

CPSC Notices 5/25/10

Cummins Power Generation Recalls Portable Generators Due to Fire Hazard - Fuel can leak through the carburetor during normal usage, posing a fire hazard to consumers. The firm has received 25 reports of fuel leakage. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Chairs Recalled by Brunswick Bowling & Billiards Corporation Due to Fall Hazard - The chair frame can separate from the seating section of the chair, posing a fall hazard to consumers. Brunswick has received one report of frame separation. No injuries have been reported.

Micro-fiction 5/25/10

I smell gasoline.
It's just smells volatile, you know? Like heat, not yet exploded into flame. Like something you've turned your back on, that is falling, but you haven't heard it because it hasn't hit the ground.
Smells like potential.
People think they like the smell of gasoline. Don't know what they like about it. Smells sweet, maybe.
They're not the kind to light fires, though.
You have to love flame for the way it eats, the way it grows, the way the light gets bigger, faster, and hotter, no matter what you do.
I don't set fires.
I just sit in my chair, and I notice things. The way people pass by, the way they speak without caring who hears them. Sounds stupid. Like ignorance, like insolence, like inelegance. Like whatever you try to do is failing, no matter what you do, but it's other people, all around you.
Not that I care.
And so I just notice them.
Still smells like gasoline.
I wonder where it's coming from.

For information about this series, please see the introductory post.

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