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Becomes One Hundred Stories #42: Dreams of Cold Fire

This is a piece of short fiction in the style and universe of three of my novels: Becomes the Happy Man, Becomes God’s Silent Prophet, and Becomes the Meaning Blossom.

Dreams of Cold Fire

The man’s ancient ancestor sighed. The ancient man looked at the hot sun above, and he wished he had a cool place where he could go rest. He thought about the cave in the middle of the desert, but he would have to cross too much of the big, barren desert before getting to the cool cave. So the ancient man just looked at the sun and sighed.

The ancient man wondered if he could build a hut and somehow keep it cool. He wondered if his science was developed enough to figure out how to cool a hut with his own ingenuity rather than waiting for cool weather to come. It was not.

The ancient man thought about fire. He thought about fire that kept him and his family warm when it was cold outside. He wondered what kind of fire he could build that would keep (more…)

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Becomes One Hundred Stories #24: Burns Forever

This is a piece of short fiction in the style and universe of three of my novels: Becomes the Happy Man, Becomes God’s Silent Prophet, and Becomes the Meaning Blossom.

Burns Forever

The man said he would not live forever.

The baker said no one lived forever.

The man said he would not do it. He said he had too many other things to do with his life.

The baker said she would not live forever either. She said she had been a baker long enough.

The man said he had his own work to do.

The baker added another piece of wood to the camp fire. Sparks scattered, and the wind blew smoke into the man’s eyes.

The man moved around the fire away from the smoke.

The baker said it would be cold in the night.

The man did not answer.

The night sky was filled with stars. The man looked (more…)