A new story has been posted in Short Stories!
Join Makoto Ota to explore magic, challenge death, and learn The High Cost of Living. What will fate take from you?
No one plans to die. Well, no one does unless they plan on suicide. A mother and her husband die in a driving accident that was waiting for them, long before they got in their car that night, and left a young boy to fend for himself. Death is a kind of cold you never want to endure. It’s standing in your birthday suit to wander aimlessly in the Alaskan wilderness, only to find an old rusted sign in Russian. And as you wander, fighting back, refusing to give in, you lose track of time. Weeks are seconds, months are minutes, years are hours. All slip by you like sand between frail fingers. And then you wake, taking first breath again. It’s like inhaling the used breath of a smoker of twenty years that is fighting off the flu; poison. And before you know it, your time is up. Just as you were getting the hang of it, it’s time to go. And you don’t… The universe has a funny way of making things right again. The cosmos turn against you as you become public enemy number one. Even then, fate has limited patience. And you learn there are far worse fates than death.