Sometimes the world just seems too big and all the "things" be they mental demons or mundane tasks, start to leak through the walls of a constructed life and go sluicing away. And like the little boy who stuck his finger in the dyke, you can stop one or maybe two of those leaks, but if anything else cracks, you're pretty much screwed. So you stand there, unable to move to do anything to fix the leak you've got a finger jammed into, and pray nothing else breaks. That feeling of being both overwhelmed and unable to act is potent beyond measure. It is fear, helplessness, hopelessness, fight or flight, frustration, and finally, resignation. It can lead a person to some pretty interesting places...and actions.
I could not decide this week, between two of your tales, and so we have a tie.
First is David Barber with Chunky: There is so much unspoken here, all perfectly conveyed by so very few words. The sense of defeat and frustration, combined with a final act, both desperate and defiant, is so strong here. This story made me want to cry with the intensity of personal memories brought to the forefront. This is, in fact, a total compliment. To me, good horror is supposed to do that on some levels and you've done it perfectly. Thank you.
Also far too good not to be in first place is Antonia Woodville's Infinity 71: "...perhaps I be casting too many spells or taking too much on these old shoulders. " is my favorite line here. Again, here is a piece that conveys so much. The Captain's voice has always been a very quiet one, in my head. Here it remains so, but feels as if it has also taken on a desperate quality in his impatience. I hear a soft growling in my head now, as he speaks. Thank you.
The Tome has also grown impatient and has grudgingly spat out some new words.
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