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The Calm Man

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Published: 1954
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,435 / 25 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.3
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 2,626
Added to site: 2009.04.22 23958

Sally watched the molten gold glow in the sky. Then knew she would not see her son and her husband ever again on Earth.

This etext was produced from Fantastic Universe May 1954.

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day had been like a lonely sentinel outpost in a desert waste for Sally.

She thought about Tommy ... Tommy wasn't in the least like his father when he came racing home from school, hair tousled, books dangling from a strap. Tommy would raid the pantry with unthinking zest, invite other boys in to look at the Westerns on TV, and trade black eyes for marbles with a healthy pugnacity.

Up to a point Tommy was normal, was healthy.

But she had seen mirrored in Tommy's pale blue eyes the same abnormal calmness that was always in his father's, and the look of derisive withdrawal which made him seem always to be staring down at her from a height. And it filled her with terror to see that Tommy's mood could change as abruptly and terrifyingly cold ...

Tommy, her son. Tommy, no longer boisterous and eager, but sitting in a corner with his legs drawn up, a faraway look in his eyes. Tommy seeming to look right through her, into space. Tommy and Jim exchanging silent understand

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 2 reviews: ***

A short story where a wife discovers why her husband is such an emotionless man.


A surprisingly creepy short story about a woman's Mr. Right becoming Mr. Too-good-to-be-true.



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