Saturday, September 1, 2012

Housekeepers

At first, everyone was charmed when the houses started to walk. It began with a few old restored cottages picking up and moving back to their original foundations, like migratory animals returning to the place of their birth.  A couple might go to sleep in their single family home in the suburbs only to wake up in the deep woods.  There was an increased call for taxis as residents had to travel to pick up their cars from their former driveways, and the post office raised its rates, but generally no harm was done.

Then a group of large housing projects all moved to prime waterfront locations, blocking everyone else's access and view.  An election was coming up, and the voting rolls were wildly inaccurate.  People started coming home to no homes at all, finding out later that their building had moved to another state while they were at work.  Moving van leasing shot up and real estate sales stopped completely.

Worse, some apartment buildings and multi-family homes began to have internal disputes about where they wanted to relocate.  The resulting divorces were awkward to say the least -- electricity, plumbing, and waterproofing were seriously compromised by the divisions of walls, floors, and ceilings.  And just when everyone thought the residential situation had become completely untenable, the commercial and industrial buildings began to move as well.

The war on houses began, and in the meantime families learned to live out of their cars, which remained non-sentient.  Everyone began buying trailers.  At first people drove their new homes everywhere, but traffic got out of hand.  Eventually, families who could afford it lived out of mobile homes or buses, with much smaller cars for commuting.  Companies and local branches of government reassembled themselves in car parks after it became clear that even the simplest makeshift structures could not be counted on for long.  Trains and planes were periodically decommissioned to provide additional housing, but mostly the country counted on its cars and trucks to replace the homes they'd once loved.

Which, of course, is what the necromancers at the automotive industry had had in mind in the first place.

1 comment:

  1. This is very interesting! I love the way is starts, so matter of fact. Do you have more on this?

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