The Promise

I still love “the unknowable edges of a story,” 36 years later. Happy last day of school, kids. Enjoy your summer. All-new post next Friday!

Completely in the Dark

Here’s a story about a story. A short story with a beginning, a middle, and possibly no end.Summer78

It begins with a small, black-haired boy called “Lil’ Eric” who’s standing outside his parents’ house on beautiful summer’s day. He’s filled with wonder about the cottonwoods blowing their seeds, “Fluffs,” as he calls them, creating a sort of “snowstorm in June.”

In just four double-spaced pages, not much seems to happen: He’s summoned by his sister Candy to come inside to get his soda pop. There he learns their mother has been crying. He’s sent back outside where he’s taunted by a couple of girls and two bigger boys. He somehow cuts his foot, which starts to bleed, but no one, even Candy, is sympathetic or helpful.

And that’s pretty much it.

So what’s the story behind this endless story?

I wrote “The Promise” just before graduating high school in 1978…

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~ by completelyinthedark on June 6, 2014.

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