by Denny E. Marshall
Paul, a beginner writer, is working on his eight flash fiction
piece. After he jots down a couple of paragraphs he is pleased. Not bad
so far, better than his first seven amateurish attempts at writing.
Paul is interrupted as an angel-like form appears in the room.
She speaks to Paul using her mind and temporarilly gives the gift to
Paul. She says to Paul, “My name is not allowed, therefore unspeakable,
but for this conversation with you, my name will be Mira.”
“Who, what are you, why are you here, what do you want of me?”
“It is forbidden to name titles or forms. Forget who I am. I
am here for your eighth story. You can’t finish it. The story isn’t
very good, although it is good enough to be accepted and published by
one small press magazine. The story will have an enormous negative
effect on the world,” Mira states.
“Well there’s nothing in the story that is negative about
anyone, anything, or anyplace. I don’t understand. It's just one little
story, even if it does get published like you say. I’m sure the
audience for it is not that large compared to the general population,”
“Don’t underestimate the power of one story. It’s not the
story, it’s only one person out of those who read it. The one person
will affect others, who in turn cause the world to shift, a shift of
such magnitude that I was sent,” said Mira.
“If I can’t write my next story how about the one after?" Paul
“Sure, that is allowed.” Said Mira. The form disappears as
quickly as it appeared, with the eighth story in hand, and Paul’s mind
is cleared of the story idea, but not the visit.
Paul never wrote a next story. There’s only one kind of story
Paul works on now, the story after the next story.
Paul wishes Mira, or temporary Mira, had stayed longer. Paul
could’ve used her tips on writing.
© 2017 Denny E. Marshall
Denny E. Marshall has had art, poetry, and fiction
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