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Stuck Bad

Section 5 of Freddy Is Sick is big
and I’m stuck, so I’m writing a piece
about the stick. Not writer’s block,
that will never happen. No, there is
a man inside of me who is stopping
me. He isn’t killing Freddy but he’s
killing Freddy’s story. I was crossing
the bridge and the clock was laughing
loudly in fits of red, moving at six o
two, and I stopped and watched the
crow on the metal fire escape
stairs. I wanted to see where he
went when he left his perch near
the twenty-third floor. Both he and
I stood still for fourteen and a half
hours – I was holding my brief case
and my empty lunch pail, and he
was staring at me, daring me to
kill the man inside of me. Now I
am on my way to live where Freddy
lives, and his story won’t ever be told.

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  1. #1 by scribbla on July 21, 2011 - 2:55 am

    Ah, but yours may. Watch out for the stick.

    • #2 by Carl on July 21, 2011 - 11:04 pm

      Who has to get stuck to stick my story? Thanks for commenting.

  2. #3 by Carl D'Agostino on July 21, 2011 - 6:07 am

    Can the real story be that it is untold and what possibilities will never be revealed?

    • #4 by Carl on July 21, 2011 - 11:05 pm

      Ah, yes, that is the best and truest story.

  3. #5 by siubhan on July 21, 2011 - 8:08 am

    a story about not being able to write the story…. and you tell it so well. I especially like the second half of it, from where you were crossing the bridge and the crow comes in. That last sentence is a beautiful little conundrum, but I hate to think Freddy’s story is lost to the man in your head.

    • #6 by Carl on July 21, 2011 - 11:07 pm

      Thank you for your comment. It’s sad, but the crow ended up being an unusually shaped piece of trash on the railing, so the speaker could have gone home after all.

      • #7 by Kay Camden on July 22, 2011 - 10:24 am

        OOhhh… That explains the 14.5 hours.

  4. #8 by pattisj on July 21, 2011 - 7:05 pm

    Say it isn’t so! We must know.

    • #9 by Carl on July 21, 2011 - 11:08 pm

      Maybe Freddy can start writing again!

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