Below is a list of stories, mostly short, but then again is any story ever really short?  It seems that all too often, some long stories could benefit from being shorter.  

The Junkie

It was the middle of the night when he was awakened by the cold and the feeling that he might wet himself.  He gathered the layers of heavy blankets tightly around his neck to keep warm and tried to ignore the other concern.

He had been addicted for so long he could no longer remember when exactly it all started.

Prior to his addiction, all those many years ago, he was just like any normal person, but now this was his normal.

From his very first hit of the stuff he was hooked—it did not work that way on everyone.  In fact, most people successfully resisted it—after maybe trying it once or twice.  Others were able to kick the habit even after using for many years—but they usually needed some sort of recovery program to maintain their sobriety.

The Simplicity of Being Oblivious

twin ponds 60913 (37)aBefore you get all high and mighty and think you understand the difficult choices that had to be made, when those difficult choices had to be made, let me provide you with a bit of the back story.

As long as Henry could remember, he knew about “The Choice.”  He knew that sooner or later it would be his turn to choose—it was only a matter of time—of which he had nothing but.  Given the untenable conditions under which he lived, he looked forward to it.  He knew that whether that choice came in a week, a year or 100 years, he would jump on the opportunity in a second to leave this wretched place.

Everyone he knew felt this way—it was the condition of life itself.  It had always been this way and most likely always would be this way.

If the lives we live have “themes,” monotony or boredom would be the theme of this place.  Change only comes about through the natural cycle of choices.

Licensed

godangel-131x300When he opened his mail he was surprised to see that his license had been suspended.

It was 2047, and for many, many years there had been requirements for all professions to be licensed.  Doctors, lawyers, hair dressers, prostitutes—even general contractors had succumbed to licensing in one form or another.

The letter stated that his license had been revoked for failure to get the required number of hours of continuing education.  In order for him to get his license re-instated, he would need to submit proof of the completion of required continuing education.  There was a separate sheet that listed all the approved courses that could be used to meet the requirements—including some online courses.

He was warned that if he were to continue working without a proper license he could have his license revoked permanently.  He was in shock that this could happen to him.