Humans Working Things Out
“It’s a short story,” Admin says. “Short stories are meant to be read in one sitting.”
“Maybe,” says Spence, “but this one – and don’t get me wrong, I like it – “
“Even though it’s dogless?” says Admin.
“Aw, c’mon,” says Spence. “And you don’t do too badly with the nation within the nation yourself. Remember that quote from the L. A. Times? About Oblivion, maybe? Something like ‘His funny and stout-hearted dogs are unmatched by anyone’s, including Dashiell Hammett’s and Robert B. Parker’s.'”
“So?” says Admin.
“I thought you guys were on your way to the gym,” Bernie says.
And they’re off. Whew. Now we can relax.
“Tell you what,” Bernie says. “What’s the name of this story again? Phase 2? It’s almost 6000 words. No one wants to read that off the screen in one chunk. Let’s divide it in 3 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday. A little weekend reading kind of thing.”
Bernie’s words drift over me, nice and warm. My eyelids are getting heavy.
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