An Infinity, Ltd. Tale
Julio Angel Ortiz
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Copyright 2010 Julio Angel Ortiz
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“It only takes seven seconds for the world to end each time?” Peter found himself asking.
Mr. Kite, his burgundy pinstriped suit an elegant drape over a rail-thin frame, smiled with a smugness Peter recognized as being reserved for children. Peter was starting to already dislike this man. Intensely.
“Yes. That's why they're called 'The Seven-Second Empires,' my young, winged friend.” Mr. Kite favored Peter with a smile that resembled tombstones.
Peter hated it whenever anyone called attention to his wings. It never failed to amaze him that people would not call attention to all sorts of things before calling him on his wings. Perpetually half-drunk bottle of Scotch in hand? Barely a glance. The Cuban cigar with the faint vanilla aroma jutting out from his mouth? Nobody would even humor him with a cough; not even a sneeze. His kodachi sword slung over his shoulder? Airport security never picked up on it. Even his diminutive, barely clothed frame never caught the attention of overzealous supermarket managers and talk-show hosts.