Charlie In The Sky

Avatar Author: Bob Liddil I am an author of science fiction, general fiction short stories, poetry, and non-fiction. I have been published in several genres, including fantasy and poetry, as well as non fiction. At one time I published my own c... Read Bio

I first saw Charlie in my youth. His wild demon eyes called out to me with a seductive stare that penetrated my soul, cracking the armor there. He sat at a table, stared out at me. Unblinking, he called me to kill, destroy anything, everything, beseeching me to rain down anarchy onto his enemies, now mine.

He called, but I did not come. He led, but I did not follow. Then the darkness swallowed him and I did not see him for a very long time.

When next I saw Charlie, he was screaming. His enemies had control of his body, but in spirit, he was somewhere else, far away and so isolated that they could not reach him. He spoke in riddles and parables to his disciples, who had by then become legion. But although they dabbled in him, they did not bond to him as his original followers had done. They admired him as much as they loathed themselves, but they did not act.

The last time I saw Charlie, he was not there. He was invisible inside the chaoticly insane. Finally though, he ruled the world, albeit in absentia.

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  1. Avatar BA Boucher

    I really like the imagery here and the ability to convey a personal history within the restrictions on Ficly.

    I do love the fact that this piece could come from any number of genres, his name is Charlie.

    So well done!

  2. Avatar BA Boucher

    I just want to add that I read your story before I looked at the challenge.

    So double well done

  3. Avatar Anonymuncule

    Interesting take on the challenge. It’s a bit vague, which I’m sure was intentional, and leaves a bit of reader interpretation out there. Ultimately, I can’t quite put my finger on exactly what this is about and it irks me for some reason. That being said, I do believe it’s very well written and dark as night.

  4. Avatar Bob Liddil

    All the elements to identify Charlie are contained within the story.

    I am guessing that what irks you is that you know Charlie from somewhere, but cannot quite place where.

    If you Google Charlie or variations on this name the answer might pop up before you.

    Then the story will malke more sense or possibly less sense to you. :)

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