Jan, 2012

I Read

I found the book you always carried on my kitchen table. I’m not sure why you left it there, but I think you wanted me to find it. Of course, I opened it.

I read the words inside.

I wish I had never opened that book. I wish you had taken it with you. I wish for so many things, but I know those wishes are useless.

I can’t take back what happened and even if you meant it maliciously I don’t have any ill will toward you. The burden of the book is terrible.

I’ve begun writing my own.

Beast

The Beast lived in a castle that overlooked the village. The villagers said the Beast had been the son of the King and a witch had cursed him because he had been cruel, vain, and petty. Now the Beast prowled the empty corridors of his castle, horrifically disfigured.

With the King dead and his heir turned into the Beast, the communities and villages that made up the domain created a ruling council and began self-governing.

They blossomed into a small democracy in midst of scores of tiny kingdoms fighting for control of the land.

They were always kind to witches.

Kin

You say family before everything, but you weren’t here for the Sickness..

You say blood is thicker than water, but you’ve abandoned us so many times.

You call me Sister, but you’ve been no Brother to me.

We are two strangers who shared the same parents. Those parents are long gone now.

You beg and plead and sob, but I’ve heard that from scores of strangers before. The door will not open. The monsters will be coming soon.

I will stand here and make sure they don’t go any further, because my family needs to be protected. They are everything.

The City by the Sea

The sea gods ordered man to build a city by the sea, where they could be worshipped correctly.

Man built the city. The city grew and prospered. Then man began ignoring the sea gods, so the sea gods destroyed the city.

The sea gods ordered another city be built and it was. As before, the city grew and prospered. Then man began ignoring the sea gods again.

The sea gods destroyed the second city.

The sea gods ordered a third city be built. Man fled from the shore.

The earth gods order man to build a city upon the plains

The Man in the Dark Suit

The Man in the Dark Suit walked up to Bobby and I.

He asked if we wanted a soda.

We said no.

He asked if we wanted a cigar.

We said no.

He asked if we wanted a million dollars.

Bobby said yes.

The man said he’d give it to Bobby for his soul.

Bobby said no, thanks.

The Man in the Dark Suit nodded and left.

Ricky came back from the restroom.

He said a man gave him a thousand dollars for his soul.

The Man in the Dark Suit came back and took Ricky’s soul.

Poor, poor Ricky.