Andrew – W. Jack Savage
5700 words General Fiction
The tale of a wounded professional, forced into day labor because of his deteriorating communication skills. On a job for a woman who lives alone and with the help of a neighbor’s cat, her instincts find a way through his depressive barricades. Together, Andrew finds a future where only a past was before.
It had seemed as though his optimism would never return. Even in his lighter moments, when something struck him funny or found him smiling with endearment, his dark countenance seemed to overwhelm the event. Like trying to light a match in a damp place, those who sought to cheer him could achieve a spark, only to be swallowed by the dark once again. His appreciation and infrequent acknowledgment of those efforts gave others hope that in time, with their benevolence, the old fellow they had so liked might return. But, as often noted, compassion dies with monotony, and the gloom surrounding him eventually made his presence unwelcome. Finally, in the interest of that positive harmony, he was let go.
Beginnings – W. Jack Savage
9500 words General Fiction
The story of a lonely writer and a woman he meets at church. A relationship begins that will rival the twists and turns of any narrative he can imagine and in so doing, finds a compassion in within him that ultimately delays a condition, he one day realizes, was his fate all along.
The beginnings were hard to see then. When I was young and things were always happening, it seemed as though every other day brought a new start. But they had become few and far between. I remember this had been on my mind that day. I was winding down. That’s what I was feeling anyway. I don’t know exactly why I decided to go into the hall for coffee after church. I suppose it’s because I wanted something to happen. I was simply availing myself of every opportunity to connect. Of course, nothing ever happened. Nothing seemed as though it would that morning. In fact, I was having a nice conversation about golf with somebody’s husband.