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HYM and HUR
by Phillip Frey   

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Publisher:  Phillip Frey ISBN-10:  B0073IWJBU Type: 
Pages: 

28

Copyright:  Jan. 15, 2014
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HYM and HUR is a paranormal fantasy-comedy about a couple who never age and enjoy either playing pranks on humankind or performing good deeds. It's the unruly character of Death who will get them in trouble. PRICED at only 99 cents.

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In this fantasy-comedy Hym and Hur are a young couple who never age and have been in love for more than a century.  They also possess an array of magical abilities, two of which are either to play pranks on humankind or to perform good deeds.  Enacting both at the same time is now what gets them into trouble, especially since it's the unruly character of Death they must deal with to bring their plans to fruition.
     The prank Hym and Hur have come up with must first be agreed upon by Death, who happens to be a rambunctious, difficult character.  Once agreed upon, the prank is set in motion.  But then Hym and Hur soon discover Death had tricked them into a contract with dire consequences for all of us.
     During their attempt to break the contract, Hym and Hur try to save the relationship of an earthbound couple, knowing they are truly meant for each other.  A good deed that will bring Hym and Hur even more trouble.

 


Excerpt

Chapter 1

A bright flash lit up the restaurant window. The waitress snapped her eyes shut, thinking it was the sun bouncing off a windshield. Blinking her eyes open, she noticed the booth alongside the window was occupied. A booth she could have sworn had just been empty, and she made her way over to it.

Hym set the breakfast menu down. "Coffee," he said to the waitress, "and can I get a hot fudge sundae at this hour?"

"No problem," she told him. "And for you, ma'am?"

"Hot tea," Hur said, "and a slice of cherry pie with two scoops of vanilla ice cream."

"Sounds great," the waitress smiled, and she left them.

"What'll we do today?" Hur asked Hym.

Searching for an answer, his hazel eyes filled with mischief. "How about this?" he whispered. "For twenty-four hours we give everyone in Los Angeles bad luck."

"But most of them already have bad luck," Hur said. "And it would be a negative. Why not give everybody good luck?"

"Not really my kind of fun," he slouched.

In the silence that followed, each tried to come up with something.

"Breakfast time," the waitress announced. She served the drinks and desserts, and then was off to the next booth.

Hur's blue eyes brightened. "I got it," she said, and it was her turn to whisper. "For a day or two, no one in Los Angeles dies."

Hym slapped his forehead. "That is great!"

"Oh-darn," she said. "We'll have to get you-know-who to go along with it."

"Why wouldn't he?" Hym said as he dug happily into his sundae. "It'll give him a chance to shorten his list."

Hur nodded skeptically as she took a big bite of her dessert.



Chapter 2

Barney's Beanery had just opened. There were only two customers at the bar. A chubby old woman sipped a beer at one end. At the other sat Death tossing back a shot of Jim Beam.

He grimaced with delight, slammed his glass down and said, "Barkeep—I'll have another."

Pouring the drink, the bartender eyed Death's black coat and fedora, the pale skin and long gnarled fingers. "Perfect weather for a coat," he cracked, "must be only about 80 out there."

Death took hold of his fresh drink. "You're too young to be a real barkeep," he said. "You're a standup comic, just trying to make ends meet."

"Got me pegged," said the bartender. "Which club you see me at?"

"None," Death grinned. He downed the Jim Beam, burped and said, "I'm a real whiz when it comes to people-insight."

The Beanery's door opened. Hym and Hur stepped in and gazed at the far end of the bar, at Death ordering one more for the road.

Death saw them and arose tall and lanky from his stool. "It's Hym and Hur," he said leaning in toward the bartender. "Pair of beauties, wouldn't you say?" Then turning toward the pair, he hollered over the distance: "Pair of troublemakers is more like it!"

The bartender said, "Hey, take it easy or I'll have to ask you to leave."

"It's them who ought to leave," Death said. He backed away from the bar, knocked his stool over, danced in a circle and sang out, "Pretty pair will fill your bottles with beetles and worms, and your drinkers will dance with pink ‘n’ blue pachyderms!"

The chubby old woman at the near end of the bar put her money down and left.

"Geez," Hym said quietly to Hur, "does Death need a vacation or what?"

Death stopped dancing, pointed a long finger at them and shouted, "Secrets—dirty little secrets!"

The bouncer came over to Death and said, "You're outta here, buddy!" He grabbed Death's coat sleeve and yanked him toward the back exit.

Suddenly, as if struck by lightning, the bouncer let go of the sleeve, reeled and hit the floor with a hard thud.

"He'll wake up after I leave," Death told the fearful bartender. "Now, now," Death said to him, "everything's fine." Picking his stool up off the floor, Death sat and threw back his one for the road, Hym and Hur on the approach.

"I'm feeling much better now," Death said to the bartender. "So good in fact, I'll have another for the road while I give these two a moment of my time, over there in that booth."

"And for us," Hym ordered, "two root-beer floats."

"Heavy on the ice cream," Hur smiled brightly.

Death stepped over the bouncer and said to the bartender, "No use in trying to use the phone. Landlines and cells have been temporarily brought down by an unusually large sun spot."

__________







Professional Reviews

Internet book reviewer Kim Fowler: http://www.wistfulskimmiesbookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/05/hym-and-hur-by-phillip-frey.html
This was a deliciously funny little tale. I loved the pranks Hym & Hur played and the funny interventions they made into people's lives, whether for the best or not. The story ran smoothly and the characters were believable. The end was very sweet and I would love to read more of this author's work.


Internet book reviewer, tifferzbookreview.blogspot.com
Hym and Hur is a fun fantasy read. I enjoyed watching Hym and Hur play a joke on L.A. They think it will all be good but along the way are some unexpected surprises: the Death character is a guy who takes advantage of any situation. I also like that Death got to take a holiday! A quick entertaining read!

Internet book reviewer, flyingwithredhaircrow.wordpress.com
Whimsy with a wicked slash of mischief; seemingly light in tone yet with a dark humor that makes you nod slowly and say, "A-ha!” "Hym and Hur" reads something like a screenplay: mostly dialogue interspersed with pertinent descriptions. It’s fast moving. It has a point. I found it a thought-provoking short read with meaning that lacked pretentiousness in the delivery of its message. I found it to be a nice surprise.



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