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Flash fiction: dear Attar. 

The Dance of the Sadistic Silhouettes. By CpSingleton © 2016

Garry Baldy found life difficult. 

For weeks he could rise above the knotted stomach and screaming spaghetti thoughts. During those brighter days he would slide the mask of blissful ignorance upon his face and smile.

But, quite without reason or intent, he would find himself being dragged down into the festering well of his own dislocated mind at the end of the sunshine period. 

It was like a soul sucking singularity would appear to block the sun and pull him, molecule by saddened molecule, into its epicentre.

He could feel the malignant negativity of the world swirling around him. The many lives, desperate for a private moment, but being exposed in its technological glass case of social media for all to judge, cried into his ears. The selfish gene, which snatched sweets from toddlers and nourishment from the poor, snapped at his exposed flesh, looking for items to covet.

He desperately wanted to see positivity in the pull of the black hole, yet, saw only pain and desperation.

He saw good people defending their homes against their own clandestine governments. He witnessed cures for death suppressed by wallets. He sobbed as he watched children and innocent animals bloodied, cowering from a master race of robots with no empathy to call on.

The silhouettes of sadistic selfishness slid and scurried across the globe, seeking new ways to sodomise the innocent. 

He didn’t know how to fight the unseen. He had no way to combat the cruel conundrum that was human existence, so he pulled his quilt over his head and wept until dehydrated.

Then it was that he came across a fable by Attar of Nishapur that went something like this: a powerful, but troubled king asked a group of wise men to create something that would make him happy when sad. After much deliberation, the sages handed him a simple ring with the words “This too will pass” etched on it. This pleased the king immensely. Every time he felt low he would read the inscription and feel better about his woes.

Garry shrugged off the quilt and strode back into the world.

Whenever he felt the silhouettes circling, he returned his mind to wise Attar’s fable and their dance grew less dreadful to his day.


About Chris42

I am a liar! A maker-uper of stories! If this was the 16 (c) I'd be burned as a witch. Fank goodness it is not, eh?! I have four children: two wonderful girls, a fantastic lad and Leeds United. I have no strict genre. I write children's poetry and stories, to edgy, stronger themes. Up until now I have stored them for my own and my family's viewing. Last year i thought bugger it and starred in several short films. One, Playground, which is on the BBC Film Network, used the monologue that I wrote for the audition. You should've seen the face of the receptionist, of the Manchester hotel, where the audition was being held, as I turned up dressed as the psychopath, Gordon. It got the desired effect! I then moved up to Cumbria and wrote and appeared in several live performances on stage. 2012. A local artist, Kayleigh Richardson, commissioned me to write a poem for her to paint a representation. I sent her, The Rise of the Robot Monkey Army. Kayleigh painted a fantastic piece that blew my mind! From that we are collaborating on the Jacob Bear series of stories. Oh and Two's Company is to published, along with seventeen other Sci Fi short stories as part of a collection. Not a bad start to the, so called, last year of the Earth. Now is the time to show the rest of you. I take my themes wherever i see them, whether in reality or dream-world. I hope you enjoy. If not tell me why. If so tell me why. Many thanks and be safe. So far I have published: Jacob Bear's first Christmas,https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007GK872A (UK) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007GK872A (USA) Jacob Bear Goes to School https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007JD3OKY (UK) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007JD3OKY (USA Jacob's First Words https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007VZWPSC (UK) & http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007VZWPSC (USA) Space Here https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007H96M90 (UK) &http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007H96M90#reader_B007H96M90 The Rise of the Sponge Cake Moon https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007WWZ16M (UK) & http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007WWZ16M (USA) © Madstoffa, 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.


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