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Barry loved his Infinity Fridge. Or at least, until he got married, anyway.

At first, it was amazing. As a freshly-recruited maintenance engineer on the Luxury Star Cruiser The Astronut, Barry had found his new home and workplace full wonders. He walked through rooms so tall he couldn't see the sky; he swept up litter from artificial beaches which captured more beauty than the real thing; he watched the stars pass by like rain from the sweeping observation deck.

And, of course, he had his Infinity Fridge.

An Infini-Fridge 9000 was standard-issue hardware for a Luxury class cruiser, but Barry had never seen anything like it. In the slums of his native Bomalomalom, pretty much everything was finite (except perhaps for misery). Water was rationed. Food was served via nutritional pills only. Even electricity was limited to ten tera-watt-hours per day. That was barely enough to run a sens-o-vision sim and have enough left over to purify your evening drink.

So to step into a room with a fridge which could fabricate an infinite amount of anything you wanted... well, Barry had never been so happy.

He'd drink ten glasses of water a day - even though he wasn't thirsty. He'd order Bombassian Uber-steaks every night. He'd pick at Sping's Zero-G Space-Crisps until his bowl had run out, and then he'd order some more. The sheer wonder of plenty was a thrill which never really left him, and Barry returned home every evening to a calm sense of joy.

As much as he loved his dear wife, Colly Flowa, he could never forgive her for what she'd done to the Infini-Fridge.

She'd been working slowly away at the built-in articifical intelligence, getting it to observe Barry's nutrient levels and body-mass index. She'd convinced it to monitor Barry's figure, track his paunch, and map his silhouette vectors. And, worst of all, she'd convinced it to ignore his commands. Completely.

Where once there was a bar which would have stretched across the horizon of a medium-sized moon, there was now just a regular supply of carrot juice. And cranberry-ade. Where once Barry's fridge would mass-produce sausage rolls and those little balls with the eggs in the middle, now there was celery. And carrot sticks.

Where once Barry had found a bottomless supply of gastronomic wonder, now there was just an endless tunnel of disappointment.

He sighed, and forced himself to eat another spoonful of mushroom risotto ice-cream.
Produced in 20 minutes during %WritersInk's August Write Off, from the prompt word "Infinite".

This one's had more edits than most of my Write Off pieces (you can tell from the original draft, here).

It's a trifling thing (although not for poor Barry), but I quite enjoyed this one. Thanks to the beautiful ~Rebeckington for having the genius to suggest Colly Flowa as the name for Barry's super-healthy space wife.

Edit November 2013 This fleeting whimsy has received a DD - an honour of which it's truly not worthy. Thanks all the same to the awesome ^neurotype, who is no slouch himself
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Given 2013-11-23
Infini-Fridge 9000 is a humorous slice of science fiction by ~monstroooo. ( Featured by neurotype )
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ChibiAkita Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so funny and original~
I can totally imagine him sitting there, all fed up because of the carrot sticks ect :D
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:iconmonstroooo:
monstroooo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
For a certain kind of man, a shelf full of carrot sticks is the worst kind of hells.

Thanks for reading!
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DoveAngel8 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
O.o lol so cute
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:iconmonstroooo:
monstroooo Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for reading :)
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TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
It's such a cute story, though!
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:iconmonstroooo:
monstroooo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad you think so! Thanks for reading :)
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Sigfriedofgaea Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an epic story. :iconbrofistplz:
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:iconmonstroooo:
monstroooo Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, Sigfried of Gaea!
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Sigfriedofgaea Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very welcome! :D
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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monstroooo Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much! :iconlawooplz:
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LadyAnder Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:rofl:I want one of these so I could program it to make my hubby healthier. I'm not so cruel to have him eat mushroom risotto ice-cream. He'll just have to deal with there being every kind of fruit imaginable in there.
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monstroooo Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
But biscuits are healthy, right? You know, the healthy kind? Fill it full of healthy biscuits!

:omnomnom:
 
Thanks for reading and commenting, anyhow :D
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LadyAnder Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I guess he could have a few biscuits. It wouldn't hurt him too much.
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monstroooo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:nod:
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Chala101 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013

lol even after so many years... wives still don't like guys with a belly... and wives still rule the household.

congratulations on the DD, it was well deserved Clap 

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monstroooo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! I think, even in the vast infinite, weirdness of the unknown future, some things will never change :)
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Spowers12 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Congrats on the DD! Awesome job on the writing, too! I really enjoyed reading it!
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monstroooo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks man! Thanks for reading :)
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Spowers12 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
 No problem! :D
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Vanshira Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My Infini-Fridge would have sashimi in it, and I doubt my soon-to-be husband would approve. :giggle:
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monstroooo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for reading! Would it be infinite sashimi?
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Vanshira Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Only until I wanted something else.
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Riatsila Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is just terrible...not the concept, or the writing, I quite enjoyed it!  The microcosm of a nanny-state telling people what they can and can't eat is quite the tragedy.
It just makes me sad that, minus the wonderful technology here, this is the sort of thing that we keep seeing pop up in various laws here in the US.  Don't know how things like this are on your side of the pond.

Anyway, that aside, enjoyed the read!  Congrats on the DD!
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monstroooo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for reading, and thanks for the interesting comment!

I think there has always been friction between what we CAN do, what we WANT to do, and what we SHOULD do. And different parties will have different input on that - mostly managed by self-interest.

This piece is just a bit of silliness making the joke that, even in the future when all this wonderful technology is available, the dynamic of the most intimate, special relationship we have - marriage - could remain exactly the same. ~Vanshira's comment is absolutely right in that regard :)

Governments are there to look after people - to an extent, at least. It's often good for them to put rules in place to keep us safe - things which are in our best interest in the long-term, but maybe not in the short. A lot of the nanny-state politics we see are reactions to large numbers of people who are unable to manage, balance and moderate their intake of technology and consumables. If we weren't so keen to drink ourselves to death, governments wouldn't have to impose rules limiting how much alcohol we could consume.

On the other hand, for those of us who can look after ourselves, the ever-increasing piles of red-tape which surround our daily lives does become increasingly intolerable :hmm: 
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Riatsila Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
And thanks for the thoughtful response!

And I wasn't intending to imply that your intent was anything more or less than it was, just intrigued in that within the two separate instances we see the same thought processes of another wanting to make our decisions for us, whether the overbearing wife in your story, or a nanny-state "I know what's good for you better than you do, so I'll restrict your ability to do as you please".

And yeah, your final point is basically where I fall into as well. I think people should have the freedom to buy a 50oz super-gulp-sized soft drink (making up names here, but you get the point), but that hardly means I think it's a good idea for anyone to indulge in that much soft drink.
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Vanshira Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's not a nanny-state...it's a wife. Wives can be worse than any remote representative government. >:3
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Riatsila Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Lol, touche :B

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SerenaHarmonia Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Poor Barry! xDD
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monstroooo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Life (and fridges) can be so cruel! Thanks for reading :)
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shadowrunner2323 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is very sad. *factory reset*
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monstroooo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sadly, in this vision of the future, they've stopped inventing ballpoint pens - so no-one can push the factory reset buttons anymore :(
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shadowrunner2323 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's what toothpicks, pointy scientific instruments, and paperclips are for. ;)
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monstroooo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
But they've all gone digital now! (and paperclips are redundant!)
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shadowrunner2323 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
good point.
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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013   Writer
:love: Congratulations!
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monstroooo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
aaaah thanks Stephanie :heart: :heart:

I've been away from all this for a looong time :( This is a nice reminder for me to come back, I think
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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013   Writer
:heart: You are welcome, you deserve it. <3

Awww, I think so. It's good to see you back. ♥
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crookd-bullet Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is so well-written, I was glad that Barry was forced to get healthier hahah. Congrats on your DD :D
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monstroooo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! I don't think Barry is that happy about it, though ;)
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Kath-Leena Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
I love it! Sci-fi and food consumption, what a lovely mix!
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monstroooo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Haha! I think you've just invented a whole new genre - food-fi! :giggle:

Many thanks for reading :)
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Kath-Leena Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Hahaha, cool! *clears throat* This I a new day in the world of prose-- a new genre and following has started that will conquer every well known publishing house acrrross the nation. And it will be known as.... Food-fi! *bows and thus ends press conference in applause, cheers, and anticipation*
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monstroooo Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:bow::bow::bow::bow:
 :clap::clap::clap::clap:
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Kath-Leena Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Hahaha, thanks!Blush 
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lomatic Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Entertaining space fare! Congrats on Dd
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monstroooo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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SilverShadowPheonix Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
lol! I loved it!
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monstroooo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for reading! :D
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SilverShadowPheonix Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
thanks for writing.
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