Caw Short Story

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Caw!

"Caw," said the crow. The girl let go of the string. Her balloon soared into the sky. She bawled. Down came the black bird and pecked out her eyes. She fell. Her stolen eyes a birthday treat.
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"High trolollie lollie lol, High trolollie lee, Happy day, old Carrion, Happy day to me. Caw, caw, caaaaw!"

Chasm

John Sebastian crept closer. The Chasm called to him, opening its arms. Emptiness greyed his cheeks. His face numbed. And his footing, once firm and sure, faltered. With a long face, he teetered on the edge of the Chasm. He stared into the rumbling darkness. Soldier straight, his hands at his sides, he tipped forward. With a down derry down, he fell. Until . . . Splash! He sank into the Slough of Despond and drowned in its
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John Sebastian stands in line in the subterranean depths of the Underworld and waits. He waits to be chained to him . . . Beelzebub. How to escape? Climb a rope, a ladder, or a tree. All three? The answer is none of them. Start again. Emergency manual rewind. Whirr! [Phone rings.] JOHN: Hello. CALLER: Hello, darling. JOHN: Who is this? CALLER: Your wife, darling. Remember? JOHN: Is this a joke? My wife's dead. CALLER: Yes, you killed me. JOHN: Fuck you. [He hangs up the phone, stands, opens the window and shouts out.] You stupid bitch. You stupid dead bitch. [Shuts window and turns back into the room.] Jesus H. Christ. [His wife stands before him with a knife in her chest. He starts and draws back, at which he wakes.] The three Fates loom over him. "Guilty," they shout. With a sigh, John shuts his eyes, again. The heart monitor sounds out a constant beep. "He has flatlined, again."
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John Sebastian stands in line in the subterranean depths of the Underworld and waits. He waits to be . . .

Disconnected

"John, are you all right?" My mind is fearful and my thoughts are bent. O Lord, draw near, for no light can I see. "John!"

Dull

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