Friday, March 2, 2012

A Superior Being - Guest Flash

Having been under the weather lately, my good friend Born Storyteller (Stuart Nager) has kindly provided me with a guest flash this week. You can also pay him a visit at his fiction site TaleSpinning . Enjoy! (And many thanks to you, Stu.)

“A superior being am I,” for so he thought, and this led to young Jack’s disdain for the everyday life that surrounded him. His parents built these airs into him. At nineteen, his feet followed a path away from his hometown, where his ego had taken him long ago.

His travails only reinforced in his mind how truly exceptional he felt. His bearing led others to assume the best of him; they afforded him all of the privileges they thought should be accorded to one such as he.  Jack did not need to voice his needs or desires: they were readily supplied, whatever time of day or night.

He walked to the ends of the Earth, for he felt this was truly the only worthy destination. Jack stood, alone, in the early hours of that night, staring into the darkness around him and the gleaming heavens above. Backlit clouds danced in front of the sepulchral skies, blotting out patches of star light, only to move along at a quick pace, replaced by open patches of absolute blackness.

The first light of day came, breaking illumination upon where Jack waited. The opalescent magnificence stunned Jack and for the first time in his life, he was humbled. 


  1. A truly humbling moment...really enjoyed this close to reality piece

  2. It was all right, although I think Yertle the Turtle tells the same story but in a better way. Happy 108th birthday, Dr. Seuss.

  3. ... it seems like an epiphanous moment brought him down to earth, at the end...
    I enjoyed this!

  4. are welcome. I'm glad I could help you out (and I DO hope you are feeling better!!!!)

    @Alex: Yeah, everyone needs that moment(s) in their lives.
    @Rek: I'm glad you enjoyed this. Thank you.
    @Alan: What can I say? Dr. Seuss is a master.
    @Mish: epiphanies don't come often enough, or people miss them.

    What I didn't get a chance to tell Li: this little something came to me after meeting a group of Jehovah's Witnesses at my local Starbuck' (yeah, really). We got to talking about my performance storytelling, and one of the women in the JW group mentioned that the parables are like storytelling, and I agreed. This just stuck in my mind (we had a nice conversation) and when Li mentioned she was not feeling well and stuck...out this one went to her. I also set myself a goal of 200 words (on the nose)and to keep it open.

    Thanks again Lisa.

  5. I have to be careful not to become Jack. Inspiring insight.

    Also, you can definitely see the parable influence. A story with a message.

  6. I really liked this, Stuart. Having spent many nights under the sky, you gave a great description.

  7. @TheGirl... It's so easy to work on our own "self importance" and forget things and people around us. Glad you liked it.

    @Mpax: Thanks Mary; I had to condense what I described due to the limit I gave myself. Glad it still worked for you.