(In 250 Words or Less)

OCTOBER 13, 2006
Word Count:248

“Hi George. It’s Stephen.”


“Harper. Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper.”

“Oh. Hiya Stevie. Surprised to hear from you today.”

“I spoke with a number of advisors and they felt it would be okay if we spoke for a few minutes. Seven or less.”

“To counter it being Friday the thirteenth?”

“That’s the general idea.”

“Don’t talk to me about generals. That British general needs to be taken to the back of the woodshed. Heh heh.”

“I read his comments. Most disturbing. How can we show leadership if our generals are talking about withdrawing?”

“I agree. So what’s on your mind?”

“What’s up with Korea? You invaded Iraq because of the threat of WMDs and found nothing. North Korea it seems, now has them and if we do or say anything, it’s war.”

“Yup. Didn’t see it coming. Who expected that lunatic to succeed on such a tight budget? No matter. We have a plan, heh heh.”

“What is it? They’re spoiling for a fight and your hands are tied.”

“Well Stevie, my advisors are telling me that so-called earthquake in Japan was actually Godzilla, rising from his slumber after being awoken by North Korea’s nuclear test. He’s on his way over there now to see what’s going on. With any luck, he’ll stomp on Kim Jong Il or roast him alive like a miniature puff marshmallow.”

“That’s good news. Time to go. I’m spending the rest of the day in bed, just to be safe.”

“Me too.”

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