Terms of Usefulness

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29 March 2010

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Drabble Challenge #56

Prompt: pi/pie

“I‘m tired of feeding the Retardo! Since the takeover, he‘s done nothing but eat and spout those numbers!”

“Retard’s an old word,” Leader Victor, Ricardo‘s mother states quietly. “He’s a person with a disability.”

“He’s an irritation! Useless! A waste of resources.”

Screams interrupt as the shadow of an alien vessel overhead darkens the scene. A large humanoid figure materializes, announcing in a mechanized voice: “Your colony must pass evaluation or face immediate eradication. Stand by.

“Truncate pi to the 50th decimal.”

Into the silence breaks Ricardo’s clear and steady voice: “3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510.”

“Thank you. Your existence approval has been verified.”




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