Short stories, Flash fiction, and Novel Excerpts

Only fool’s rush in

In Writing on January 8, 2010 at 10:37 pm

It sat on the shelf, calling to him.  Every time he turned his head, he would catch a flicker out the corner of his eye.  Its shadow haunted his soul, obscuring the light of all before him.  Food lost all taste.  Life leeched of color.

No more could he stand it, the dread of trying.  Hands shaking and cold with the thought failure, Stephen pushed his chair back and stood.  He turned and faced the bookcase.  He stood there, chest heaving and fists clenched at his sides, laboring to take that first step.  His body shook and tears trailed their way down his cheeks as he strove to overcome his fear.

Stephen turned his head away.  His pasty white cheeks burned with shame.  His own inadequacies dropped down into the pit of his stomach.  He had failed to try.

He pounded his fist into the table, bruising his knuckles.  Again and again he punched out, burying his humiliation in pain.  Bright blood splattered the table, flew across the desk in long slow arcs, shattering him from his haze of agony.

Stephen turned on his heel, knocking the chair out of his way, and raced his dread to the book.  Everything in the room seemed to stand in his way.  He tripped over the rug, slipped on a stool, crashed into the lamp, and slammed against the bookcase.  But he was there, he made it.

Reverently, he set the book down on the blood painted table.  He sat, sharpened his quill, unstopped the ink, and opened the book.  Blank pages filled with words.  Flowing over the virgin canvas, page after page swelled with life and love.

An eternity later, exhausted, beaten, and battered he reached the last page.  He wrote, THE END, and fell dead upon his work.  With a smile.

Quote writing prompt:  Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) British politician, poet and critic.
The only living works are those which have drained much of the author’s own life into them.

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  1. Good points, I think I will definitely subscribe! I’ll go and read some more! What do you see the future of this being?

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