Brittle Bones and Old Rope: A Short Story
By Alan M. Clark
Published by Imagination Fully Dilated Publishing
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Published: Jan. 03, 2012
Words: 5,630 (approximate)
World Fantasy Award-winner Alan M. Clark brings you “Brittle Bones and old Rope,” the the story of a child’s search for meaning and personal worth. Little Dylan died when he was five years old, too early to have made any sense out of life and his place in it, and now he must come to terms with what little existence he’s had before passing on to whatever lies beyond death.
World Fantasy Award-winner Alan M. Clark brings you “Brittle Bones and old Rope,” the story of a dead little boy’s search for meaning. Dylan and his companions, seven other dead individuals, occupy a country cemetery. To leave the confines of the cemetery is to “pass on,” as they call it, but it is unclear what that means. An unaccountable pain that grows worse with time eventually forces everyone to pass on. Those who have, seem to disappear upon leaving the graveyard and may merely cease to exist. Dylan has been dead for a long time, longer than he lived. He resists the pain and is unwilling to go to whatever lies beyond death without first understanding the purpose of his existence. He cannot endure the thought that his life and death have meant nothing, and he is determined to perform some act that will give his existence worth before passing on.
Alan M. Clark
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