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Somehow, His Story Will Pull the Pillow Out from Under Your Head

In by Chris on March 6, 2011 at 11:11 pm

The story finished, a pall quivered over the audience.

“Questions,” said the moderator as the unshaven author peered across the effect he had produced.

A woman stood. “Why do you write this? Who needs to hear it?”

“I write for children.”

The audience collapsed into a jolted, angry clamor.

“What!” shouted the woman. “Children? A story where the protagonist encourages kids to commit suicide?”

“So that those kids might avoid a life of suffering. Yes, I think children ought to think about it.”

“You’re putting darkness in their minds – or poison. Dark poison,” she sobbed. “They’re kids, for heaven’s sake!”

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