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Old 09-12-2009, 09:03 AM   #1
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Spinning (short short story)

SPINNING
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Kenny A. Chaffin


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Have you ever spun around and around until you were so dizzy
you fell down and when you did the world just kept on spinning?
My brother does, and he sees things. He hears things too. I've
spun and spun and haven't seen anything. I just get dizzy.

Mom says he's just makin' it up. I don't think so. I've seen
his eyes when it happens. It scares him to death. He did it last
Sunday morning in the church yard. It was the worst yet. I had to
hold his mouth to keep him from screaming. Well, I had to, he
would've had all the church-people askin' all kinds of questions.

He says it's a bad monster. He says the monster will eat his
heart. But he keeps spinnin'. Sometimes I think he's just makin'
it all up. He's three, I'm seven. Sometimes, though, I think it's
true, those are the times I look in his eyes after he's been
spinnin'.

Sometimes he looks at me, eyes wide in terror, and says,
"Help! Save Me! It's the penis monster, It's tryin' to get my
penis. Help me! Help me!" Then he stops and says, "You can help
me, because the monster's already got yours." And he rolls on the
floor laughing. What a stupid three-year-old.

We live in the city. Well, not a big city, Beaumont, Texas.
But my cousins live in the county, on a farm. We're gonna' go
visit them soon. I wish my brother wasn't goin' though. Him and
his monsters, that's all they want to do--talk about monsters.
Sometimes I wish the monsters were real and they really would
come and eat his heart. Mom says I shouldn't say that, she's
probably right. Sometimes he makes me so mad, I just can't stand
it.

We went to see our cousins last summer. I got to ride a
horse, all by myself. They ride all the time. Jill's only five
and she's got her own pony. I wish I had a pony. Be kinda hard in
the apartment though. My stupid brother went and got lost down
the road from their farm house. We had to look for him for two
hours. He said the monster made him go to a special place. It was
a fun summer though, with our cousins.

My stupid brother was a lot more fun when he was two. Before
he could really talk. He'd spin around and get that look in his
eyes and dad, that was before mom made dad leave, would throw him
up in the air. And he'd laugh. That was fun, when he was two.

Then he hit me with the hammer. He told mom the monster made
him do it. He broke my head, so some of my brain leaked out. I
don't remember that part so well. It hurt pretty bad, but not for
long. Mom says it's okay. That I'll be okay. They'll take care of
me in this place. Mom says they've been doin' it for twenty years
now.



Originally published in Vision Magazine June 1991
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Old 09-12-2009, 03:39 PM   #2
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for sharing and making the ePub version. I prefer reading on the Sony (even though this time I read it before I could load it.)
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for sharing and making the ePub version. I prefer reading on the Sony (even though this time I read it before I could load it.)
Thanks! Glad you liked it.
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I love the voice in this - just right!

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Wow - wasn't expecting that! Good short - thank you!
about the only O Henry type story I've been able to pull off. Thanks for reading.
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