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The Hands

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Published: 1953
Language: English
Wordcount: 1,332 / 11 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 45.2
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 970
Added to site: 2009.07.30 24839

The story of the creation, in all its majesty, was written in six hundred words. Will the destruction be told as briefly?

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and dammed the river below with a finger. He sat on top of the mountain, and his beard in the wind was a white flag.

Across the plains, as he watched, there were fires glowing, and the mountain under him trembled from explosions a thousand miles away. He bent his head, and a muffled cry reverberated down the hillside and through the valley.

A smaller figure appeared beside him, looking sad.

"Try again, father," the smaller one said.

The old one shook his head. "It would be the same."

"Give them another chance."

"They would do it again."

"Just once more."

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 1.5 from 2 reviews: **
JoJo Biggins

There's just not enough substance here to warrant any kind of positive recommendation. The author wanted to create a story of 600 words or less, and he achieved that - but little else. Nothing profound, exciting, new, or interesting here, folks. Skip it.

Sardo Weems

A very, very, short fable, rather than a science fiction tale. I found it pretentious, someone else may go "Oooooo, that's profound."

My personal vote at the end of the story would be for the California Banana Slug.



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