Sunday, October 12, 2008

FAT MAN (Halloween flash fiction)




This bit of flash fiction is for Charles...

Snaking lines gawked as the rubes smacked down their coin to be reassured of their own humanity. He sat in silence and let them shake their heads at his unimaginable girth. How could he walk? How could he take care of himself? Who would love him? And having sated themselves, the people returned to their homes and did the things that defined them as less than God.

When the lights dimmed and the carnival at last quieted, he sat in the blackness and tested the air. Slipping into the night, he whimpered as the hunger built. Mole-like eyes shined as he tasted the air and began to feed. He shoveled in the greed, the selfishness, the jealousy. He paused to savor the anger, but not too long for there was so much else to tempt him at this buffet. He devoured the shame, the prejudice, and the black misery. The hatred was so rich that he almost had to turn away.

And for dessert? All the despair, loathing, and foulness that waited for a young life still in its womb. That was the best. Yes. Stealing that little one’s future was sweetest. Untested. Foulness unspent. He would savor it and let the innocent emerge into the world a blank.

Deliciously stuffed, he crept back into the tent.

18 comments:

Sidney said...

Good one, Stewart. Halloween is a great season.

L.A. Mitchell said...

Very cool, Stewart. I thought he was self-sacrificing until the end-nice bit of depth and twist.

Charles Gramlich said...

I like this one very much. Nicely evil.

Lana Gramlich said...

Very sick & twisted. Awesome job. I particularly liked the line about "the people returned to their homes and did the things that defined them as less than God."

CrazyCath said...

It started off so well, then as Lana said, got sick and twisted! lol
Good one. Nicely sick!

Over from Charles'.

Miladysa said...

*shudder*

Gruesome :D

Avery DeBow said...

Ah, but what future awaited this innocent? A life of hate, crime and murder? What kind of blank will this child be? A blank slate, pure and unable to be influenced by the ills of society? Or the blankness of a serial killer? Depending on which one, our insatiable, corpulent emotion-feeder could actually be a champion of humanity, taking away the bad so there's a chance for good. You always make me think Stewart--damn you.

x_X_xThe Black Rabbitx_X_x said...

Sounds... Yum-ful.

Stewart Sternberg said...

Thanks Sid..you're the reason I wrote this. I cruised along to your blog and read the one you wrote. I said: "Damn, if Sid's doing it..."

Thanks LA
Thanks Charles..and Lana..I have to admit I liked that line myself.

Thanks CRAZY and welcome by.
Thanks mlady
Avery, you indeed seem to be capturing the thematic purpose of the tale.
Thank you Rabbit

Greg Schwartz said...

nice tale!

spyscribbler said...

I love it! You make me think I don't use enough words. Not as in number of words per thought, but number of words in my vocabulary.

I love the way you use words, is what I'm trying to say, badly, LOL!

Rick said...

We hereby re-name you "Mr. Happy."

Stewart Sternberg said...

Rick...Mr. Happy? I accept. It's so much better than Mr-Stalker-Serial-Killer-Guy-Who-Is-Waiting-Until-I-Go-To-Sleep-So-He-Can-Rip-Out-My-Throat-and-Rub-My-Spleen-All-Over-His-Bare-Chest. Yeah, Mr. Happy.

thanks greg

thank you spy, your praise is always highly regarded.

laughingwolf said...

oh, wow! sent all kinds of shivers all over me! love it! :D

Donnetta Lee said...

Hi, Stew: I enjoyed it. Course, I like the flash fiction-and spooky stuff. Well, my skin is crawling! D

Rick said...

Stewart, there is a question on William's blog that needs your erudite guidance. The rest of us are out of control.

Christina said...

Again you prove why you are so good with horror. I love the ending on this, really creepy!

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