"I'm sorry, Mr and Mrs MacKenzie, but your

  • "I'm sorry, Mr and Mrs MacKenzie, but your child will always be a little outside of time, and nothing to be done about it. I'm a poet, too, you know, but there's no money in it."

  • Beatrix was ahead of her classmates, parent-teacher conference be damned. She already had 3 pen names, 50 poems each. "Mr. and Mrs. MacKenzie, hide your rum. Young poets will drink

  • life's treacheries. Drink life's sorrow and in a bout of youthful frenzy they'll eat you to the last crumb." Beatrix was done with flopsy bunnies. She'd read Plath, heard Dylan

  • . Discovered in an Immigrant trunk, was Beatrix's later writings. "Sam Tumpkin's Crucible of Sorrow" and "Mary Piggleplump's Desperate Circumstances."

  • You see, Beatrix Potter was a thwarted mycologist and her frustrated feelings were vented in her later, darker oeuvre. Thwarting female mycologists was something the scientific

  • community took great pride in. The community knew that mycologists tended to grow on people and spread their papers like spores. They were considered a "fungus among us". In a way

  • that nobody could quite explain, they seemed to appeal to people on a basic level: they held a mystique, a certain fantastic adventure, that left breath shallow and hearts running

  • . We must give the people what they want. The convicted criminal or "runner" must escape death at the hands of professional killers while the people watch.

  • "I don't like this bedtime story, Mommy!....Mommy?...MOMMY!!!!" But Mommy slipped into a catatonic state.

  • The child ran from the building, carried out into the night on tiny feet. The child looked for help, but seeing the stars above, quieted. There are stories everywhere. We can pick.



  1. SlimWhitman May 04 2014 @ 06:50

    Great ending to a foldingstory Agroof, and welcome!

  2. Agroof May 28 2014 @ 05:24

    Thanks, SlimWhitman! Still learning the ropes here, but I quite enjoy the site.

  3. PurpleProf May 28 2014 @ 21:20

    Agroof...you are doing great! Your story endings are always very interesting. :)

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