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Thursday, May 18, 2023

Evil smurfs

Carl sat at his desk, staring blankly at the computer screen. The fluorescent lights buzzed above, casting a harsh glow over the drab office space. He had long forgotten what it felt like to be excited about anything. The monotony of his nine-to-five existence had eroded his spirit, leaving behind a shell of a man.

As the minutes dragged on, a flicker of movement caught Carl's weary eyes. He blinked, convinced that his mind was playing tricks on him. But there it was again—a tiny orange figure darting across his peripheral vision. His heart skipped a beat as he turned his gaze toward the wall behind his desk.

To his astonishment, a colony of diminutive creatures, no taller than his thumb, resided within the wall. They were orange, with mischievous grins and pointed hats reminiscent of Smurfs, but something about them felt off—something sinister. Their eyes glowed with an eerie light, and their actions exuded a malevolent energy.

Carl rubbed his eyes, desperately hoping that the stress-induced hallucination would fade away. But the orange creatures persisted, multiplying in number with each passing day. They scurried through the crevices, whispering to one another in a language that only Carl could hear.

He watched as they plotted and schemed, their sinister plans hidden behind those mischievous grins. Their activities disrupted the office environment, causing minor mishaps that went unnoticed by his oblivious coworkers. But Carl knew the truth—they were agents of chaos, thriving on the negative energy that permeated the workplace.

Unable to contain his mounting curiosity, Carl decided to investigate further. One evening, long after his colleagues had left, he gingerly approached the wall. He pressed his ear against it, straining to decipher their hushed conversations.

Their voices were high-pitched and distorted, like nails scraping against glass. They spoke of discontent, of feeding on human misery, and the perverse pleasure they derived from their malevolent acts. Carl recoiled, his mind racing to comprehend the twisted reality that unfolded before him.

Days turned into weeks, and Carl's obsession with the orange smurfs deepened. He researched ancient folklore, consulted obscure texts, and delved into the darkest corners of the internet, desperate to understand their origins and purpose. Yet, no information provided a satisfactory explanation.

As his knowledge grew, so did his paranoia. Carl became convinced that he alone possessed the ability to see these evil creatures, an ability bestowed upon him for some unknown reason. The weight of this burden threatened to crush him, yet he couldn't turn away. He felt a strange responsibility—a need to protect his coworkers from the malicious presence lurking just beyond their awareness.

Driven by a newfound determination, Carl devised a plan. He began leaving small offerings on his desk each night—a bowl of sugar, a handful of candies. It was a feeble attempt to appease the orange smurfs, to redirect their malevolence away from his coworkers and onto himself.

But as the days wore on, Carl realized that his plan had backfired. The smurfs grew more demanding, their antics escalating into outright sabotage. They tampered with his work, erasing files, and sabotaging projects. His reputation suffered.

In a final act of desperation, Carl concocted a mixture of powerful cleansers, determined to flush the smurfs from their hidden lair. Armed with a spray bottle, he doused the wall, his hands trembling as the toxic liquid dripped down its surface. He expected their screams of agony, but felt, with rising dread, the silence in the walls as if they were never truly there.