From the Dreams of Morpheus: Five Tales of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Copyright 2009 Steven Ford
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A Special Hell
I decree that the fifty-eighth year of my life begins today. The golden rays of Tau Ceti once again have found their way to the line I etched in the sandstone so long ago. Warmer days have come and Ceti Prime has completed another circuit of its star. A Ceti year is shorter than an Earth year by 36 days, but I have compensated accordingly. What year it is on Earth is beyond my reckoning…or my interest. Happy birthday to me.
As soon as I drive the cold stiffness from my bones, I will work my way down to the grotto where the Blessed Mother promised that I would find sustenance every morning. She has never failed me in all these years. And after consuming what She has provided, I will pray my ragged Rosary and mediate on the mysteries. The Rosary always brings me comfort.