not a beautiful or unique snowflake (nothings) wrote,
not a beautiful or unique snowflake

nanowrimo novel posted; link info at end

August is difficult for a snowman. A strand of ivy carefully spiralled just so suggests regal; shifting the carefully packed balls of snow forward (cautiously avoiding putting it off-balance) gives a firm impression of overbearing. The art of caricature makes oblivious and indiscreet no problems. But, Milo decided, the scrap heap of implementationally implausible--already bloated with concepts like patronizing and irresolute--needed to expand by one to accomodate august.

After stamping his feet carefully on the steps outside his father's domicile--there would be time enough to torment Carmella after Ned left--he entered to find the house a whirlwind of preparation.

Carmella saw him first. "There's Milo."

Ned rounded the corner. "There you are, my boy. Come at last to see me off? Where have you been?"

"At the park."

"Well, I'm afraid I'm just leaving now. We falcons have to fly free, you know. We'll talk later."

Milo knew well the odds of that day ever arriving, and said nothing.

"You be good to Carmella."

"Yes sir."

With that, and some close mouth-to-mouth motion that Milo observed dispassionately, Ned was off on another of his business trips.

Carmella turned from the window. "Don't you go wandering around this house in those boots, young man."

Struggling to open the iced-over fasteners, Milo pondered the wondrous process in the English language known as the 'particle shift'. If you want to take off your boots, you have to take your boots off. Seeing off Ned necessarily involved seeing his father off. But, as far as Milo had understood from his readings--for he wasn't really personally invested in the process yet--it was not at all necessary to get off someone to get someone off; in fact, quite the contrary, in normal practice.

Milo had dreams and aspirations of power. He imagined that he would grow up to be president of some multinational conglomerate, whence he'd bandy about terms like meticulous, remunerative, and eminent domain.

Many years passed, and nobody was at all surprised when Milo found a successful career as a crossword puzzle author.

To read the rest, send an email or post a comment (with an email address or from an account that has a publically visible email address), and I'll send you a link to the complete novella. (Or, if you prefer, a copy sent by email. Both HTML and plain text versions exist; by default, I'll send the HTML link.) The price you pay for reading it is that I get to bug you for honest comments. They can be as short as "I didn't really like it", so the obligation shouldn't be too horrible. I'm just going through this email thing so I know who to bug for feedback.

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