Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Didn’t See you

“Sorry. Didn’t see you.”

“Same here, can’t see anything in this darkness.”

“I’m Bob Shilling. Nice to finally meet someone.”

“Agreed. Stan. Stan Schultz.”

Hands fumble, eventually shaking.

“Where are we?”

“Can’t say. I was in some weird place. Thought it was heaven until I saw those people.”

“Never believed in that stuff. God, religion, faith. Human constructs to alleviate idiotic fears.”

“Whoa. Be careful there. I’m a pastor. Or was. Holiness Bible Church. I’ll tell you the truth.”

“Forget it. Atheist and proud of it. Wouldn’t it be hell if we had to spend eternity together?”

“Yeah, sure would be.”


  1. This is so great. It reminds me of what Bradley Moore posting on Shrinking the Camel yesterday. No one wants to be proselytized!

  2. I like this one a lot Jim. Also nice use of dialog sans identifiers. Very Hemingway of you.

  3. It's wonderful what you do with so few words.

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  5. Reminds me of C.S. Lewis's "The Great Divorce." Great!