Elliot’s War

1. The syrupy cosmos boiled away from Elliot’s view, settling around him a strange disquiet; he had no other explanation than that sleep was taking over. It wouldn’t be but another moment before a little boy’s eyes consumed his entire perception. Seemingly cut from a great, yellowed parchment, those rippling eyes rolled down from the […]

The Book in the Forest: Chapters 2 & 3

Preface and Chapter 1 2. Looming on the horizon, the ageless slopes of Mount Fuji rose into the heavens while the canopy, under which steeped the great mother of bereavement, cowered at its feet in dense groups of fir and cypress trees. At over twelve-thousand feet, the peak of the dormant volcano disappeared into the […]

The Book in the Forest: Preface & Chapter 1

Preface “Stricken from our collective memory, and enisled among the shadows into which only the most privileged, cabalistic eyes are allowed to peer, are the relics of antiquity that represent, with seldom ambiguity, humanity’s manifest origins. And to that, or because of that, they are also the most evocative. That the mere utterance of their […]

The Book in the Forest: Chapters 4 & 5

Chapters 2 & 3 4. Werner and I spoke nothing of the night before, yet its weight on our collective consciousness was manifest as our breakfast of eggs and rice, filtered water, and dried fruit was held in silence, aught save the occasional scampering mouse or drumming strikes of the Great Spotted Woodpecker. Looking across […]