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IRJ-CP#14 November 3, 2009

Posted by andrewg2013 in Creative Piece.

Follow the Wrong, Obey the Righteous: Fire Shows the Way

The old man shoved me past the girl and into a dimly lit room. He brought me over toward the platform near the side of the room and tied my hands with bungee cord to a pole sticking out of the wall. He then proceeded to lean awkwardly against the large, dilapidated, wooden table that seemed to go well with the deplorable, gray cardboard floors. The girl I had seen in the entry tried to come in, but he shooed her off.

“Jake Vertek,” the man boomed sanctimoniously. I suddenly realized that through all of what had happened, he had not spoken until now and his voice seemed torpid. “I am in need of your assistance.” He said this in a way that showed he really hated hearing those words coming out of his mouth.

“Well—,” I began to say mindlessly.

“Well nothing. Hear me out. I need you to leave this awful place and come with me to my own country.”


“SILENCE! My wicked brother has waged war on me for a lark, and you, a normal boy, have what it takes to destroy him.”

“But—.” That was the last time he wanted to hear me talk. He picked up a book from the table and threw it at me.

He continued as I winced at the pain in my leg. “As you can see, I don’t expect on taking no as an answer. I would like you to hurry, however, in making your alliance with me. My brother is nearly here to try and kill us.” That was the pinnacle of his discussion.


“Well what?”

“Well I don’t know what I can do for you?”

“It’s good that you have allied yourself with me.”

“But I didn’t—”

“Hey. Silence.”

Then I saw the girl. She had a stack of newspapers in one hand and a match in the other and was tiptoeing to the corner the old man had his back to. The old man followed my gaze, and jumped off the table toward the girl as she dropped the match. It only took a few seconds for the fire to precipitously light the walls and floor.

The old man picked up the girl by an arm and a leg with ease and swung her across the room into the wall near me, where she lay motionless. The fire was already out of control. The man sauntered out of the room calmly as the fire enveloped the table, leaving both the girl and I helpless in the corner of the room.



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