by Michael Seese
Yes, I know it's been a while since I posted. So I would like to thank y'all for sticking with me.
Reminding us that she represents JD Horn, the author of the Witching Savannah series and now a new series starting with The King of Bones and Ashes, Janet sponsored a contest. We were to use the words
in a 100-word story.
I wanted to do something cool with "kirby." So I tried to think of a word that ended in "kir" to combine with "by." Somehow, from the recesses of my mind I pulled a line from the Opera Cats.
His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare
And from there arose my story "Ascetic."
A fakir by trade, faithfully I rise with the sun and settle into my ritual.
Staking my claim, a crowded stretch of urban Purgatory, I brave the slings and arrows and taxi horns and weekday warriors and dog poop, touting the tenets of Allah and Buddha, with a zest of Lennon & MarxCartney added for flavor. Pity prompts some to press a token of cash into my skin and bones.
We all follow the sun home. They to manicured McMansions. Me to my cozy loft, where I count my blessings, green and otherwise.
Did I say fakir? I meant faker.
As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts.