Literati! It’s been five years since we heard from Nicholas Conley (Oh? Really? Hmmnn.. I was using hyperbole!) OK, we have not heard from one our original writers in quite some time, but now that our site is back up and gravitas free Nic has found us again. I am reminded of the story of …
It’s been five years since we heard from Nicholas Conley (Oh? Really? Hmmnn.. I was using hyperbole!) OK, we have not heard from one our original writers in quite some time, but now that our site is back up and gravitas free Nic has found us again.
I am reminded of the story of Bertrand Russell, whose dying quote(no, I don’t mean the quote was dying–it’s immortal–I mean he was dying):
“Remember your humanity, and forget the rest.”
Now where the hell did I put mine? It’s gotta be around here somewhere…
by Nicholas Conley
A filthy corridor. Yellowed, encrusted walls. Murky shadows stretch across the cracked plaster floor, wrapping dark arms around the doorways of a dozen rooms. Not just rooms—cells. The overhead light flickers; a moth commits Sepukku upon its heated surface. Bruckheimer Mental Hospital has barely changed over the last 100 years. State regulations? What regulations?
Room 104. Ben Campbell waits, silent as ever—in the last five years, Ben hasn’t spoken a word. The administrator, Kyle Morris, stands across him from, incredulous. Shocked.
“You didn’t write this,” Mr. Morris states, in disbelief.
Morris presents a strip of toilet paper, marked by thousands of tiny letters. Ben looks disinterested. Dead to the world.
“Did you?” Morris asks.
Morris dangles the paper. Upon its surface is a story. A piece of carefully-structured fiction. Ben doesn’t react. He never reacts. Morris sighs. Ben absentmindedly traces the deep scars on his wrists.
“Ben. This story, it…it’s the most brilliant thing I’ve ever read.”
Suddenly, Ben looks up.
His eyes are bloodshot. Glossy. The smallest hint of a sad, repressed smile appears on Ben’s face. And for the first time in five years, Ben regains the one thing he thought he’d lost forever.
Be careful not to leave a paper trail