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A Good Man/ flash fiction
By david byron
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
An unstable man fights his demons
I am a good man.
So much so, I have recently begun writing a list of my most outstanding qualities to remind me of what a good man I really am.
But, sometimes, as I satnd at the top of the cellar stairs, squinting down into the darkness, it almost whispers to me.....beckons to me. I almost give in to it's temptations.
But, being a good man, I resist.
I mean, darkness dwells within even the best of us, in the worst of us, darkness not only dwells, but reigns.
But, no matter what the temptations thrown at me, I am a good man. Yet, I do have human failings - part of the price I have paid being the death of my innocence within the carnal pleasures of flesh and blood. I tell myself, with each waking day, I dare not succumb to the vile solutions offered within the cellar below.
Last night, for instance, I couldn't sleep. I finally slipped out of bed and went downstairs for a shot of bourbon, hoping a quick alcohol fix would sedate me.
Staring at the bottle, I was very much afraid, for I knew what the reappearcne of the demon alcohol would do for my psyche.
I went to the cellar door.
I stared down into the blackness below, long dead prisoners, victims of vile tortures awaited me there.
Not for them, but for ME.
A GOOD man.
And, although I'll admit to occasionally providing darkness, ..evil, with a habitat in which to dwell, I have never, ever, provided it with a kingdom.
But.....the temptation is great.
Lately, I have been making a list of people I hate. I don't intend to do anything with the list, of course, it's just a silly little game.
The list, the vic...PEOPLE, on it, mean absolutely nothing.
I will lock the cellar door shut forever, and never open it again.
Because....I am a good man.
But the list.....it is just a little longer than I'd expected.
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|Reviewed by adam Knotz
|I am a fan of this type of literature. To be completely honest, I applaud people who can say so much without dragging the reader through endless details and never quite getting to the point; i.e. modern newspapers (which tend to look like position papers by teenagers at your local high school). Simply put, you presented a dilemma, a character, intrapersonal dialogue regarding the dilemma, and a conclusion. It is all wrapped up in this fine short piece of work. I am no editor, or a person conducting any type of analysis on sentence structure, etc. I am simply a reader. A reader who thinks you did an excellent job here.|
|Reviewed by Joshua Scribner
|A good story from a philosophical point of view. Makes me think of the trait versus state arguments in psychology. The character is very realistic, because people really do think this way. This story is an exposition of a manner people go about coping with their wrongs, but taken to an extreme level to make it more interesting. A good job. I'll definately be looking for more stories by David Byron.|
|Reviewed by David Boyle
I enjoyed "A Good Man." It touches that dark place within many of us.