Fiction? …

 

X Files

She was furious. She had been cheated.  The hour of the meeting had passed and gone.  She had lost. Everything, Oh how she wished with all her heart and soul it could be different.     At that precise moment her mobile intruded rudely on her painful thoughts,  the music she’d picked for texts blaring out into the quiet room. The theme from X Files, one she’d picked so carefully, somehow now made sense, The Unexplained. She picked up the flashing mobile,  the intruder, and pressed the symbol for texts.   The latest one read  ‘Your meeting was successful, you have the contract. Please contact this office ASAP, Mr I M Handsome’     Her meeting?  What on Earth was going on?  Her hands shook as she thumped the arm of  her wheelchair, then struck at her right leg, held rigid in plaster, uselessly sticking straight out in front of her.   She hadn’t been anywhere, couldn’t go anywhere,  ever since the local ambulance had dropped her off a few minutes ago. The accident and subsequent visit to the ER was still a blur.   Hurriedly she clicked the symbol ‘phone’ against the text and was instantly greeted by a cheery voice saying “Handsome Publishers, how may I help you? “ she paused, panicking for a moment, then asked to speak to Mr Handsome, fully expecting to be fobbed off with the usual ‘ I’m afraid he’s in a meeting at the moment’  but no, she was put straight through.  A melodious deep and totally handsome sounding voice said her name and thanked her for attending the meeting, saying also (unbelievably in her ear) her work was just the kind to fit their criteria.  Her latest story, (he also named that too) was soon to be in print and he hoped she would have a long, happy and mutually beneficial association with his publishing house.   She sat, after the phone went silent, staring at nothing at all as thoughts raced each other around her head. Disbelief was uppermost, followed quickly by hysterical laughter, then sheer relief. She had a contract, money was coming in, her work was ok, then finally the thought uppermost, how on Earth had it all come about?   Sneaking into the background of this latest thought there came again the music from X Files,  another text, this time ‘unknown’   ‘Your wish was granted, payment within 30 days please.  Souls are in short supply and high demand’  

LadyP©2014

Mayhap I am a soulless being,  I must be more careful with my wishes… I wonder how many I have left?  xx

40 responses to “Fiction? …

  1. The Faustian pact, eh Pen? I hope it’s not too autobiographical. There must be easier ways to get published!

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    • Hah!! My brain went to town on this one, Andrew, I seem to be caught for the moment on the theme of ‘wishing and souls’, mayhap that contains a deeper meaning?… I wonder if there is a connection between publishing and souls? (other than a Faustian one of course!! 🙂 ) xx
       

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  2. You are the mistress of the twist, Pen. Well done. 🙂

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  3. Out of the expected un expected
    out of misery a sense of joy
    Life is a play
    Moulded by destinys hand
    wishes doth come true
    yet it hath its own price
    souls sold hearta cold

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  4. isn’t this a curious story and follow up!!! OMG Pen it’s great; it drew me right in and couldn’t stop reading. love, Eddie

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    • It is curious Eddie, and I do seem to be stuck on the soul theme . 🙂 Mayhap mine is in need of a Spring Clean !! Glad it drew you onwards, now you’ve put a BG smile on my face. much love my friend. xPenx
       

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  5. Love this write up … feel you … smiles … double woofs, lil earthquake purrrs and tiny peeps … Always, cat.

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  6. The selling of our souls – to make our desires become real, very unsettling, especially if we don’t notice till it seems too late. But it is never too late to get them back, it just gets harder. Lovely short short story Pen.

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  7. Excellent piece Pen!🙂

    I have no plans to sell my soul however!!!🙂

    Love and squishy hugs!🙂

    Prenin.

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  8. The wish that is granted often brings back the soul that was sold.🙂

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  9. The theme from xfiles one she’d picked socarefully some how now made semce.
    She had a contract money was coming in finally the thought upperment,
    sneaking into the backgrand of this latest….

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  10. Oh, I do hope the protagonist gets it back!

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  11. Einen schönen Montag liebe Penx,schöne Geschichte aber ich werde meine Seele behalten ist glaube ich besser Lach..Wünsche dir eine gute glückliche Woche liebe Grüße Gislinde

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  12. Hopefully you’re a cat and have a few souls to spare.

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  13. Addicting! Had me wanting for more.

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  14. HoooOOOooooooWWWWWwwwwwLLLLLooooooo! That was awesome! A real twilight zone jobbee! Loved the twist and the suspense….excellent🙂 Icewolfie hugs xx

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  15. ohhhh very good !!!! j’ai aimé ce long écrit de toi Penny
    x-files a été une série que j’ai adoré avec son générique superbe!
    bisous et bon jeudi à toi ma chere amie

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    • J’ai adoré le X Files trop, Paul, ces événements étranges, mais si agréable, en pensant à ce qui est «là-bas». Heureux que vous avez apprécié mon offrande, bisous à toi xPenx

       

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  16. Ah, we must be careful for what we wish, eh Pen? I try not to wish for much, what is presented seems challenge enow. Still, the occasional wish does slide through the barricade but not too majestic a dream.
    Your story was riveting…sequel?🙂

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    • We must, Steve, be extra careful, you never know what could happen. 🙂 Sequel? Maybe, you never know. Watch this space as they say eh? ….
      )(heh!!)( Just pleased you enjoyed the read. xxx
       

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  17. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

    you watched the interview with Bob Dylan didn’t you🙂
    I told someone today that I would give my soul to hear the words my heart wants to hear, but if I were to do that I would be giving away the best part of my soul…strange thoughts on souls energies today….
    this was really good…and I feel it is fiction…for how can you give what you have shared already? somewhere in time….the other half is waiting …
    Take Care…You Matter…
    )0(
    ladyblue

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    • Now did I? Maryrose, or mayhap a coincidence, 🙂 … A mystery within a mystery. Always we wish, and I wonder what would happen if wishes did come true, ‘twould create mayhem methinks. Havoc, for we long for and wish so often, that those wishes change like the direction of the wind. Many thanks for your wonderful comment my friend. love and light to you xPenx
       

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  18. What a price! Better to have merely woken up and realised it was all a dream!

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