Harley took off his reading glasses and glanced out the window at the fall sky. He’d needed a break from his task anyway. Writing an historical novel required a lot of reading obscure bits of history if he was to get the details right, but now he was suffering eye strain. He’d not slept well, waking way before his usual 8am alarm setting. He looked around the room, eyes passing by the shelves, overloaded with his reference, finally coming again to the window. Fall skies are unlike any other, presaging the arrival of Winter. Winter…a season that once delighted him…but that was when he was still a boy.

He thought about the past year, and the fall he’d taken…the fall that laid him up with severe pain for months. Recovery came slowly, but finally was complete. Now, the return of Winter and more ice and snow filled him with a new dread. All he could do was be careful. Until he fell, he’d thought he was careful enough. Nope. The cost was more than the pain of feeling like his leg was being ripped off. Nine months later, he was still unsure whether all the bills would be paid without having to resort to a lawsuit. What a pain that would be. He was as fond of lawyers as he was of dentists.

There’s no rest for the weary. Harley topped off his coffee mug and leaned back in his chair with a book about the reign of Richard Nixon, one of the worst U.S. Presidents, and the only one who had to resign in disgrace. A thought crossed his mind, that brought a smile. If only George W. Bush had been similarly compromised. History is strange enough the first time. Why do so many seem to want to repeat it…or make it worse the second time around?

© 2016 Robert Mihaly
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  1. bbeyes4 · October 4, 2016

    Robert!! This is awesome!! I love this. What a great job you did!

    Liked by 1 person

    • artifiswords · October 4, 2016

      Thank you, Suzanne. It’s in large part autobiographical. So it goes.

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      • bbeyes4 · October 4, 2016

        I’d love to read more…
        If you get a chance I actually got my reply to 2.7 where it belongs!! Check it out when you get a chance💚

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      • artifiswords · October 5, 2016

        It seems like a lot of short stories could be more than that. Checking yours now, Suzanne. 😉


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