Monday, September 06, 2010

People Who Need People

Harry reached into the tan leather pouch and felt the three folded pieces of paper. He lingered for a moment, fondling them and savoring this unlikely intimacy between himself and the other man. Each slip of paper felt identical. He chose one indifferently and pulled it from the bag.

Taking his eyes from Trace’s just long enough to look into his palm, he said, “Downtown,” with his famous poker face. “Your turn.”

Trace reached into the black pouch without hesitation. He plucked a slip of paper out and tossed it onto the table, his eyes still trained on Harry. “Here,” said Trace, “you read it.”

Harry opened the slip, sweat beading on his upper lip, his confidence seeping out of him. “Muzzleloaders,” he said, and looked away.


Erin O'Brien said...

Hello peeps.

I do not own a Kindle, but the free Kindle application for my computer downloaded effortlessly. Purchasing the story was the same as any other Amazon transaction. Instead of getting a box in the mail, however, the electronic copy loaded directly into the application.

This is an experiment of sorts for me. Ninety-nine cents is the smallest amount you can charge at the Kindle store, but I figure that's not so bad for a 28-page story.

Your comments about the format, content, or overall experience are invaluable to me. Thanks to all who purchase and read the short story.

DogsDontPurr said...

Alan just bought and downloaded it on his kindle. It took all of about 10 seconds for the whole process. Easy!

We will read and report back.

(He's only had the kindle for a short time, but he loves much so, that I haven't been able to get my hands on it! That will change when I demand it to read your story!)