AuthorsDen.com   Join Free! | Login    
   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:  George Cunningham, irichard cederberg, iKen Coleman, iNeeta Blair, iGraham whittaker, iMark Sutton, iBurton Pines, i

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

David S Grant

· + Follow Me
· Contact Me
· Books
· News
· Stories
· Blog
· 31 Titles
· 21 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Mar, 2006

David S Grant, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.




Featured Book
How to Bake the Best Delicious Valentine's Day Cupcakes - In
by Kim Lambert

Clear instructions and recipes to make and decorate delicious cupcakes yourself, especially for Valentine's Day..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


The Keys to Life: Inspired fiction from PISA travel narrative
By David S Grant
Sunday, October 09, 2011

Rated "PG" by the Author.

Share    Print  Save   Follow

Recent stories by David S Grant
· Izzy's Revenge
· Jury Duty Is The Worse
· Excerpt from Unauthorized 80's (The Story of Poison)
· This is the Story of the Hurricane
· Lucy's Place
· Homeless CEO
· REHAB
           >> View all 22


We were to meet at the top of the leaning tower of Pisa. Here he said he would give me the keys to life.

THE KEYS TO LIFE

 

We were to meet at the top of the leaning tower of Pisa.  Here he said he would give me the keys to life.  I don’t even know if they were actual keys or metaphorical keys, but it doesn’t matter because he’s not here.

 

I started off in Madison, WI where I go to college, from there I stayed in New York City with a couple friends and then caught a plane to London, my first time in Europe.  There I saw Big Ben and then took a train to Paris where I saw The Louvre and met a girl that I kissed and then flew to Rome, ate pizza and spent three days, took a train to Florence and hung out with a punk from Austria named James, saw the statue of David and now I am hear.  This is the itinerary the professor laid out for me.  The one he told me to take and that at the top I would be given the keys.  He is not here.  He is nowhere to be found.

 

The woman I am telling the story to doesn’t appear to be listening anymore.  Her job is to punch the tickets and let people go inside the tower every 15 minutes.  I’m about to walk away when she yells and asks me to repeat what I said so I go through my travels again and she shakes her head, but then doesn’t say anything more.  Again I am about to walk away when she yells and waves me back.  I approach her and she puts out her hand and asks for my camera.  I hand it to her and she begins going through my pictures of my trip.  She hands the camera back, and just says, “The keys to life?  What do you think it is?”  She laughs again and then I chuckle and then nod.

 

She is still staring at me, I am staring at her.  Finally she reaches again for the camera and says “Now let’s get a picture of you like you’re holding up the tower!”

 

David S. Grant is the author of several books.  His latest, BLOOD: The New Red will be available 11-11-11.  For more information go to http://www.davidsgrant.com.  Follow David on Twitter .david_s_grant

 


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 Donna Chandler 10/11/2011
Great picture to go with the narrative of quite an adventure.

Donna
Reviewed by J Howard 10/9/2011
funny story...how young, how brave, this traveler-what fun!

Popular Literary Fiction Stories
1. Closed
2. 8 Times Lydia
3. IT
4. Counting Backwards
5. Bubble Choices
6. Take Me, I'm Free (Flash Fiction)
7. Dream-Blisters
8. The Messenger
9. Beer Neck Flower
10. Hunger Pangs

Dream-Dust Parasites by Ian Irvine (Hobson)

“The year is 2011 and Samuel Elmsmore is adrift in the universe. After a series of breakdowns he awakens as a virtual prisoner in a hostel for the mentally ill. He’s estranged from..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members