Apr 04 2018

E #AtoZChallenge Escape #Fiction #SFF

AtoZChallenge Theme 2018 J Lenni Dorner #SpeculativeFiction
26 parts of a Speculative Fiction story by J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZchallenge Letter Blog of author @JLenniDorner

I use Lyft to transport me to the warehouse address Brydanz supplied. There’s no way I’ll be sober enough to drive later. My phone beeps as I get out of the car. Mystic sent me a picture of Mercedes holding her planet Phaeton model. I reply with a smile and heart emojis, then shut off my phone.

“Ahh, there he is! Just in time.” Brydanz takes me by my elbow as he greets me. “I knew you would come. Smart man, smart man.”

“I just came to watch the fight.” That’s not true; I also came hoping to drink myself into tomorrow. Upset one kid by using the wrong word, another by cooking dinner, and the youngest by not buying her everything she wants. Not to mention the one spending his birthday in a grave beside my wife. I need today to be over.

“Strong fighter like you? No, no, you say you came to watch, but Brydanz knows. Look in your eyes, eh? Fuel for a fire. Too long have you locked it up.”

“Did we meet before today?” I look him over again as he unchains a warehouse door. I think I’d remember someone this peculiar. Then again, I wasn’t paying much attention back in my fighting days. Odd that the door was chained shut. Am I the first one here?

He laughs as he yanks the heavy, rusted door open. “No, you would have remembered. Interesting that you did not bring your truck. Escape not on your mind?”

I shrug. “Was hoping your arena had alcohol. Enough to inebriate me beyond the legal driving limit.”

Brydanz claps my shoulder, stopping me from going through the door. “You did not care about that earlier. In dead place, you had been drinking.”

“Yeah, well, I gave myself time to sober back up before I had to drive.”

His eyes narrow. “You were not hoping to die?”

“No. My kids need me. The children I told you about.” Maybe part of me wanted to die. To sink into the ground between my wife and son. Part of me has wanted that since the night they died. I don’t talk about it though. Ever. To anyone.

“So you have a reason to live, something for which to fight. Passion in bones.”

“I told you, I’m not fighting. I’m a dancer. Now, are we going to drink and watch some people bloody each other or what?”

His expression changes to the creepiest grin I’ve ever seen. I’d say he looks like he walked out of the pages of a Stephen King horror novel, but honestly, the look is even worse. Brydanz’s cheeks lift and puff out like two blowfish. The whites of his eyes are drowned away by his growing pupils.

“What in the harbor?” Everything around me is moving in my peripheral vision. Brydanz holds my gaze though; his eyes now swirls of black and white. I can’t make myself blink.

“Earthling.” I hear him laughing as everything fades away.


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  1. I love this instalment. I hope he finds a way out of the trouble he’s gotten himself into here
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  2. Just love it… why do u live for and whats ur passin… i guess he thinks that he has to live without passion since his wife and kid died but in reality his passion is have a peaceful life with his remaining 3 kids…
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  3. Ooh, great twist! Looking forward to tomorrow.
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  4. Yikes! That would be enough to sober me up!
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    • i on April 5, 2018 at 5:35 AM

    Wow, that took a turn for the worse! The action is picking up now, can’t wait to see where it goes next!
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    1. “Where” is exactly right. 😉
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    • Varad on April 5, 2018 at 6:18 AM

    And the gear has shifted. I’m liking the direction this is going in. Only thing is, the line about ‘from Stephen King’s horror novels’ was a bit unnecessary in my opinion. The narrative works much better without that one line. Just my two cents, no offense.

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    1. I toyed with it a few times. Interesting that you picked up on it.
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  5. Now I have to go back and read the previous instalments as I want to know how it started.
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  6. Ahh! Can’t wait to read more.

    Passion – writing, of course. 🙂

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  7. He’s in quite a mess. Obviously I have to to go back and start from the beginning and I intend to. It sounds like a tragedy though — his wife and one child are buried in the ground. I know he’s suffered.

    I love your writing. You have such a fresh voice. I hate that I got off to such a rocky start this year. That normally happens only when I haven’t planned ahead and written my posts. I did all my pre-writing and still fell behind. It sucks when the challenge begins on a Sunday, but I normally trudge on through. However, with it beginning on Easter Sunday, I was torn. I managed to get my first post up, but then fell behind with others and way behind visiting blogs. I’m finally catching up.

    My daughter was in town from college and my in-laws were here from Chicago. This was the first Easter for my kids without their dad and their grandparents without their son and I felt obligated to spend time with family. Plus it was spring break for my kids, It was also the very first spring break ever that we haven’t gone anywhere. The kids needed to be home surrounded by family and we have a lot of our large, extended family who come in town (some that don’t come for Christmas) who we only get to see once a year. So. I spent last weekend and this week with family, and I’ve visited a few blogs intermittently. Not ideal, I know, but family had to come first and this weekend and next week I’ll make it up to all my blogging friends and hopefully still have time to meet new ones.

    Sorry comment is so long. I haven’t had a chance to thank you. I really appreciate all the hard work you’ve put into the challenge this year. Thanks for co-hostimg. You really are the best.

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      Easter threw a few people off. I’m glad A only lands on Sunday once in a few years.
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  8. Uh oh. I didn’t see that twist coming.

    Very interesting how he picked up on the fighting background – and again with the “escape” – I’m wondering if this will become a theme!

    Passions – lots of ways to interpret that! It could be what you enjoy or it could be what makes you get out of bed in the morning. It’s obvious his passion is his three children, because he gets up in the morning for them, but his wife’s death has taken the enjoyment of passion out of his life.

    • alwaystopnew on November 3, 2018 at 3:26 PM

    nice work thanks that took a turn for the worse! The action is picking up now, can’t wait to see where it goes next!

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