Meeting the Grim Reaper (2014)

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Meeting the Grim Reaper (2014)

Post by jkjones21 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 6:39 pm

Leaning on my hatchet, I sigh.

It hurts chopping wood, and it hurts not chopping wood, and it hurts deciding which to do.

He glides by, scythe gleaming in the midday sun. You’d expect a clatter of bones when you see him, but sound dies in his presence. Everything dies near him.

“It hurts being old,” he says.

I nod.

“Care for a rest?”

“Sure. You mind finishing up my chores?”

Studying his scythe, he says, “Poor tool for chopping wood.”

I smile. “We’ll switch then.”

Instruments exchanged, we transform. My aches vanish. A young man stands before me.

“Thanks.”

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Re: Meeting the Grim Reaper (2014)

Post by will write for beer » Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:59 am

Not much to say, other than I liked it. Which I guess is really all that needs said.
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Re: Meeting the Grim Reaper (2014)

Post by strawman » Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:55 am

Never trade a hatchet for a gleaming scythe, I say.
And why is he so grim? Is he trying out for Death Wish?
Never judge anyone until you have biopsied their brain.

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Post by Cutter McKay » Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:52 pm

jkjones21 wrote: You’d expect a clatter of bones when you see him, but sound dies in his presence. Everything dies near him.
Love this line. Well done.
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Re: Meeting the Grim Reaper (2014)

Post by jkjones21 » Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:18 am

I was feeling somewhat existential when I was writing (that seems to be a common theme in the drabbles that I like), and I thought it would be interesting to do the role reversal with a bit of ambiguity as to who did the actual tricking here. After all, either of them could be saying thanks at the end...

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