Today I have a special guest post from author James Hutchings: a short story from his book The New Death and others. Without further ado, here it is:
The God of the Poor
In the beginning of the world the gods considered all those things which did not have their own gods, to decide who would have responsibility and rulership.
“I will rule all flowers that are sky-blue in colour,” said the Sky-Father.
“I will listen to the prayers of migratory birds, and you all other birds,” the goddess Travel said to him. And so it went.
At last all had been divided, save for one thing.
“Who,” asked the Sky-Father, “shall have dominion over the poor?”
There was an awkward silence, until the Sky-Father said,
“Come – someone must. Those with no gods will grow restless and cunning, and in time will cast us down, and we shall be gods no more.”
“Not I,” said blind Justice, and her stony face flashed a momentary smirk at the thought. “Why not Fame or Fortune?”
“Darling I don’t think so,” said the sister goddesses together.
There was a long pause. The gods shuffled their feet and avoided one another’s gaze. At last a voice broke the silence.
“I will,” said Death.
The New Death and others by James Hutchings
Death gets a roommate…
An electronic Pope faces a difficult theological question…
A wicked vizier makes a terrible bargain…
44 stories. 19 poems. No whiny vampires. There’s a thin line between genius and insanity, and James Hutchings has just crossed it – but from which direction?
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