1. They decorate the dogs and horses in fractal prayer paintings, careful layers beseeching the gods for help.
2. Synthetic rodeos come to town twice a year and the cowboys all line up to test their horses against clockwork steers.
3. “I think you’re missing the point,” the three-headed dog sounded more confused than annoyed. “You don’t have a choice, that’s inherent in the very concept of fate.”
“And I think you’ve been here too long.” She finished the last of her sandwich and tossed him the crust. “Humanity has moved on, we’re not dancing to the whims of the gods anymore and I think it’s time you joined us.”
4. The lush forests are drought-dry timber now, just waiting for a spark.
5. The pocketwatch grandfather gave me when I was ten never needed winding, but it stopped the day my father died. I don’t believe in ghosts, but this morning it started up again and I could have sworn I saw him in the park.