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A Few More Inches, One Less Head - Sardonic Artery
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A Few More Inches, One Less Head
Still unplugged most the time, but a while back, I was invited to blog for The Midnight Diner, and the first of my pieces regarding my nigh-five years at the halfway house just went live:

Xavier almost got his head cut off.

This is not like in the movies, where some eternal man (who has survived centuries, but not the update from Victorian fashion), wielding an ancient sword worth more than your house, cuts his opponent’s head clean off, and then stands in some ridiculous pose as a city block explodes around him with low-budget electrical currents and the awesome power of 80s-era Queen shooting throughout his body. No, Xavier was a drug runner cruising through the wrong part of town. Upon spotting him sitting at a red light, a rival gang yanked open his driver- and passenger-side doors, started swinging their switchblades with as much leverage as an open car door could give them, and Xavier, strapped down by his safety belt, had little mobility to block or avoid the incoming blows. The defensive wounds on his hands kept getting deeper; the light in front of him stayed red, and stream of traffic in front of him stayed steady. Xavier was frantic, pushing his assailants off the best he could. Kept his head thrashing, too, even as the blades tugged across his neck and bashed into his skull. Finally, a gap appeared in the traffic, and Xavier left the gangbangers rolling along the asphalt.


The rest can be found here: http://www.themidnightdiner.com/a-few-more-inches-one-less-head/

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writewrongs From: writewrongs Date: March 25th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was pretty good. I hope you keep writing.
sardonic_artery From: sardonic_artery Date: March 25th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Writewrongs, it's appreciated. These days, most of my writing juice goes into my pro gig, so it's nice when I have something leftover for a project like this.
writewrongs From: writewrongs Date: March 25th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
You already know me on goodreads - my name's Olivia.
sardonic_artery From: sardonic_artery Date: March 25th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aha! Now I know to mention 'Tin House' around you whenever I need some quick credibility.
writewrongs From: writewrongs Date: March 25th, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
lol I thought you didn't read Tin House. I'm not that bad am I?
sardonic_artery From: sardonic_artery Date: March 25th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nah, you're not that bad. I've read some works from 'Tin House,' but I haven't subscribed to any publication for a long while. I just know you like them.
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