The Least Envied
by Sean DeLauder
Cast back in time to a perilous wasteland, Andrew is tasked with recording the fate of an individual history has chosen to ignore. Threatened by knee-high creatures called Wogs, an enigmatic beast known as the Forest Monster, and the man orchestrating the slow annihilation of the world, Andrew discovers all hope for salvation and survival rests with a boy without a history.
“That statue,” said Andrew. He gave the stonework a quick look, then looked back to Hobert. “It's a hero?”
Maybe the statue represented a hero who came before this era of desperation and despair.
Hobert cast a somber gaze into the street and nodded.
“A hero. Yes,” he answered. “He's very tall.”
Andrew found himself suddenly interested. This was the story he wanted to write. A story about a hero, the obstacles he faced on his path to heroism, his guides, his arch enemy, the ultimate goal of being a hero, and, of course, whether the story continued or had an end.
“What made him a hero?”
Hobert shrugged, removed the pipe, and gestured toward the statue with the stem before poking it back into the corner of his mouth.
“He's very tall,” he repeated.
Andrew paused, waiting for Hobert to continue, but that was all.
“Tall... and what else?”
Hobert's smile faded and he faced Andrew, somewhat irritated. Two gray trails of pipe smoke jetted from his nostrils.
“What else what?”
“Beside being tall,” Andrew clarified. “To be a hero.”
Hobert fixed Andrew with a hard, querulous stare, then shook his head as though the question didn't make sense.
“Being tall is being a hero,” he answered.
“What what?” Hobert replied. “What don’t you understand?”
Andrew spread his arms.
“Oh,” the fellow replied. He leaned back in his chair and pulled his hat down over his eyes. “Then you’re hopeless.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
This author has held several positions in recent years, including Content Writer, Grant Writer, Obituary Clerk, and Staff Writer, and is under the false impression that these experiences have added to his character since they have not contributed much to his finances. He was awarded a BFA in Creative Writing and Journalism and a BA in Technical Communication by Bowling Green State University because they are giving and eager to make friends. He has a few scattered publications with The Circle magazine, Wild Violet, Toasted Cheese, and Lovable Losers Literary Revue, and resides in the drab, northeastern region of Ohio because it makes everything else seem fascinating, exotic, and beautiful.
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