Scraps: A bat flew through my window…

I recently found an old Word file with over 300 pages of orphaned story fragments and my first novel. It’s over 228,000 of old memories, lost friends and enemies, and empty hallways that lead to no where. A lot of it is meant to stay in the dark, but some of it wants to go places. And until I figure out where they should go, this place will have to do…

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    Another night in neon darkness. I saw the signs earlier and I chose to ignore them. A bat flew through my window, I thought, well, fuck me, a bat flew through my window! The moon turned blood red, I thought, well, that’s different. The blind soothsayer grabbed me as I left the house and screamed for me to go back to bed, nothing good could come out of me being out and about, and I thought, well, what do soothsayers know anyway?

    And now here I am in this place, feeling the old feelings and all this alcohol depositing in my brain. That’s the problem with alcohol really…it goes to all the wrong places. It affects the head, never the heart. So when it all winds down and your head is cloudy and your mouth is dry and your stomach creaks, your heart is precisely how you left it the evening before.


About Christian A. Dumais

Christian A. Dumais is an American writer, humorist and public speaker living in Wrocław, Poland. He has published fiction, journalism, and academic articles in several magazines and journals such as GUD, Shock Totem and Ha!Art. His first collection of short stories, Empty Rooms Lonely Countries, was published in 2009. He also created, edited, and contributed to Cover Stories, a euphictional anthology of 100 stories inspired by songs, which was published in 2010. His most recent book is SMASHED: The Life and Tweets of Drunk Hulk.

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