Stanley and His Sword
Copyright © 2011 George Berger
ISBN 978-1-4657-1726-9 (ePub ed.)
Electronically published by Smashwords
Visit the author's website at www.mendacities.net
Cover photograph © Stanislov Perov
The following is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to actual persons, places, corporations, airports, fraternal orders, political ideologies, musical acts, magazines, mythical monsters, or incredibly hot secluded places to get it on, is probably a coincidence.
Once upon a time, not very long ago, a relatively uninteresting man named Stanley worked as the assistant manager of a relatively uninteresting little store at a small regional airport in an easily forgettable midwestern state. He was a tall, fair-haired former farm kid, whose two years of community college left him mostly able to run the store, but did little to qualify him as a hero.
Not the everyday, just-did-what-needed-to-be-done kind of hero, or even the overcame-his-fears-and-took-action sort of hero that's so common in these modern and enlightened times, but the timeless and classic hero of yesterday, the one destined by fate to do improbable and unimaginable feats.
He was not especially athletic, and the vast majority of his fighting experience had involved being on the receiving end of schoolyard beatings. He'd killed, it was true—but only deer, hunting with his father as a kid. Nor was he particularly brave, nor particularly smart, nor even a particularly charismatic leader.