AuthorsDen.com   Join Free! | Login    
Happy 4th of July!
   Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Christina Neely, iWilliam Guy, iJeff Alt, iJennifer Chase, iWendy Laing, iHenry Miranda, iSonny Hudson, i

  Home > Literary Fiction > Stories
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

J E Thill

· + Follow Me
· Contact Me
· Poetry
· Stories
· 44 Titles
· 77 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Before 2003

J E Thill, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.




Featured Book
Take Me Out
by Leslie Garcia

Crimson Romance debuts its first anthology ever--four authors showing what baseball romance is all about!..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


This is for your benefit, sweet heart.
By J E Thill
Monday, April 01, 2002

Rated "PG" by the Author.

Share    Print  Save   Follow

Recent stories by J E Thill
· Stumble Home
· Benny's Tacos- 1
           >> View all 3


Here is my summary. Birds, smoke and steak.

Sometimes there is a small noise that bridges still life to real life. The difference is that still life doesn't yell at you for staying out all night or farting in bed.

I was standing out on the balcony of my girlfriend's apartment, smoking a cigarette and figuring out the tolls from Chicago to Wisconsin, wondering if I had gotten enough dimes.

The Hyde Park parakeets had woken me up early. I had rolled over to see my betrothed, sleeping quietly, snuggling a stuffed hippo that a friend of mine had given her for Christmas.

I gave her a quiet kiss on the hip and stumbled out of bed, stepping over her snoring dog into the bathroom.

I ran the water in the tub, making sure it would be hot enough to peal back the funk. I let it run a little to hot, sticking my hand in the water, pulling back a scalded nub and burning my ass on the old time radiator that broils steak at a slow 350 degrees.

The water had settled down and I slid in, feeling like Bugs Bunny bathing in the cannibals pot.

After a couple minutes of making Jack stew, I stepped out of the bathroom out onto the balcony to have that smoke you all were so interested in.

The parakeets were out fixing up their spring dens, piles of twigs and wrappers, pushing them into little holes of telephone poles.

The birds were huge, not like those sissy little jobs you get in the pet shop but huge meat eating, dingo stealing birds.

No one knows where they came from or how they survive in the jungles of Chicago, but they pull it together alright, making due
with what little there is to take.

It just got me to thinking about how they could nest up with just about anything, working the fast food wrappers, bits of Styrofoam, (I guess it was to keep the heat from getting out through the roof.) and junk that we had discarded over the last couple of nights.

It all kind of froze for me, giving that still life I had mentioned earlier.

It brings a tear to your eye when you think about all that great stuff we leave on the ground for our little birdy friends.



Want to review or comment on this short story?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!


Reviewed by 4/1/2002
writing style brings to mind H. Bogart style and a book about a young man growing up in NY posh boarding school; can't remember the book's name and too lazy to get up and find it. i would read more of your writing for the sense of adventure, unrest and searching it brings out in me. i like the unusual perspective of seeing things most wouldn't take the time to notice.
Reviewed by Teri 4/1/2002
I'm a bit biased, but I still think it's good. I.. yeah. The ends come back around and surprise you when you're not looking for them.

Popular Literary Fiction Stories
1. Bubble Choices
2. 2012: Verge of Destiny
3. IT
4. Lest We Forget To Remember
5. Dream-Blisters
6. The Walls Come a'Tumblin'
7. Mr. Kim
8. Take Me, I'm Free (Flash Fiction)
9. Fortune and Men's Eyes
10. It Ain't Brain Surgery

Farewell Alexandria by Derek Flower

Set against a changing backdrop of prewar Egypt, of Paris, London and New York in the sixties and seventies, of terrorism in the Middle East and famine in Ethiopia, all the aspects..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

THE GATE - Things my Mother told me. by Stan Law (aka Stanislaw Kapuscinski)

For anyone with interest in Alzheimer's and/or dementia, this book is a must read. This Fictional Biography is now available on the Amazon.com, most other online distributors, or t..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.