Today, I’m starting a new segment on Mr. Rhapsodist: my own series of very, very short stories. In the spirit of progressive authors like Cory Doctorow, these stories are licensed through Creative Commons and are available for distribution provided you attribute me as the original author, use the stories noncommercially, and use the same CC license when sharing the material.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
The War Against The Author, by Alexander Paul Willging
Word Count: 194
Here at last was the fiend.
The man who had taken everything away from her. Mom and Dad, her friends from school, her job, her boyfriend—everyone who had ever mattered. And now she was here, just for the sake of his amusement.
“Not just my amusement,” he corrected her. “I’ve an audience to keep. So long as they come, you’ll always be having your adventures. Always the hero they want to watch. Battered but victorious. Sad but beautiful and cunning. The kind of person they secretly want to be. Larger than life.”
And all she could respond was that they could have her life if they’d be willing to trade. She never wanted to be a hero. She just wanted a life to call her own.
And even as her fingers laced around the fiend’s throat, she knew the narrative would never end. Someone else would pick up where he left off. Some enterprising fan at his computer, writing a new and more horrible story to make a further mess of her life. Once begun, it would never end.
And so the hero left her author, crushed by the knowledge of her destiny.
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