A Host of Second Chances

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“Look, I don’t give a rat’s ass about what was said. Just give me the money.” Leonard paused. “Or else.”

“But I already paid for goddamn protection this month!” the fat, bald, owner of Pik’N’Sav protested. His name tag marked him as Bob.

Leonard felt panic rise. He couldn’t afford to screw up his second chance! Two enforcers already hated him. They called him “a fucking alien” and were looking for any reason to kick the shit out of him. He needed this.

“I’m not your friend, you fat fuck. I don’t care about you. This is just business. If you won’t pay, well, then there will have to be consequences.” Leonard dry-washed his hands as he spoke trying to overcome the urge to vomit.

“I’m not paying you again.” Bob had found a spine.

The denial was too much for the thin mobster who began to shudder, eyes rolling back. But his flesh stood and a voice thundered out, pregnant with the passage of time and stoked by the fires of torment.


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  1. Avatar Oy

    Funny story, well written, one inconstancy: Why would he worry about getting the shit kicked out of him if he has this wrathful demon-thing inside of him. Unless…. Wait a sec, writing a sequel.

  2. Avatar JayDee


    This should be a movie.

  3. Avatar Robert Quick

    @Oy- He doesn’t know. He passes out before the other Entity presents itself. However I liked your take on it too.
    @Jonathan- I hadn’t meant for him to be an actual alien, but go crazy! “In a world of violence, one man struggles to find his place in the Mob, unfortunately he’s not really a man at all, worse than that, he doesn’t know that he is possesed. This summer all Hell breaks loose in: DEMON-POSSESSED MOBSTERS FROM OUTER SPACE!”

  4. Avatar Garsecg

    I love how the style changes so dramatically at the end, and the

  5. Avatar Miles Letham

    Haha, this is very cool. I love the idea of some reedy wannabe failure as a mobster being host to demonic rage. Nice interpretation of the title!

  6. Avatar Robert Quick

    Garsec! Come back. While it is interesting, funny, and maybe a little ironic, I can’t see the end to your thought!

  7. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    nice twist on the word Host, much better than a game show scene. :)

  8. Avatar boxofun

    Excellent twist! I love the story. Just one typo: “of the of time”

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