Welcome to Flash Fiction Friday and the thirty-seventh piece of flash fiction in this series. This week’s is a 210-worder entitled ‘Dreams…’ by my regular guest San Francisco-based JD Mader.
Fevered, I wrap myself in lies and absolutions. I am not what I am, but a sum of the sad cliches that have led me onward. Truth falls around me, gathering at my feet like a technicolor dream coat. You lie? Of course you lie. I lie? Sometimes, indeed, I do. I am made of thatch and rosemary. I am hidden from your view and lost in a forest of deceit. I want nothing. I need nothing. Shadows morph into phantasms too dire to contemplate. I tear at my skin. I am on a quest for destruction.
Green pastures. I remember them well. They are memories, crushed now with skyscrapers, ash, and soot. All has been sullied. Nothing pure remains. I feel the needle deep in my vein and hold on for one more day. One more chance to betray myself. I will take it gladly.
You think I don’t remember. But I do. In bits. In drabs and scraps. I remember summer fields of alfalfa and innocence. They mock me now. They disgust me. I will lie in my room. I will let the weight of lost abandon press upon my chest. I will try to breathe and fail and my heart will pound with the sound of defeat.
Thank you, JD.
He has been fortunate enough to encounter many giving and inspiring people in his life.
He hopes to repay the debt.
And to make enough money with his writing to buy a house.
His website is http://www.jdmader.com where you can read more of JD’s writing and if you’d like more (and why wouldn’t you?) his first novel Joe Café, second, The Biker, and collaboration ‘Bad Book’ (with Hise and Brooks) are available from Amazon.
If you’d like to submit your 1,000-word max. stories for consideration for Flash Fiction Friday take a look here.
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