Smith, Wesley, - 2012 Short Story Selection http://www.chattanoogapulse.com/topics/wesley_2012_short_story_selection_smith/index.rss en-us © 2014 The Pulse and Brewer Media. All rights reserved. Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT 600 Words: Our 2012 Short Story Selections Nicholas R. Perego - A Letter That Was Never Sent Wesley Smith - The General

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The General The stone gazes of dead heroes judge him less harshly than the milk white mountaineers to whom he sells fleeting tastes of happiness. The generals and martyrs stand sentinel in their secluded arbors; they have become commonplace idols. The only homage they now receive is his, when he seeks the isolation his livelihood necessitates. For no appreciable reason he notes a square, black sticker subletting space on the Jeep’s bumper as his customers mount their hasty withdrawal. Proudly it proclaims the occupants have “Seen Rock City.” He doesn’t doubt it; he can picture their stacked leather shoes slapping staccato on rocks older than folly, hear the misplaced laughter of hopeful hooligans who despise their parent’s wealth.

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