Issue 35, Final Fringe

I Will Miss You When You Are Gone

by Jacob Driscoll Issue 24 11.15.2010


“I’m on a mission,” says the knife-child.

“I can see that,” I say, covering my wrists as the blades dance hungrily.

“No, not that. This is my mission: I take pictures of the world that prove it isn’t such a bad place.”

“Like people hugging and dancing and singing and bright colorful fields and Christmas trees and spinning girls in skirts? Like puppies? And babies? Vibrant youths kissing on grass?”

“It’s a metaphor, you know, about dreams, and ambitions, about how untouchable it all is. I preserve the dying fantasy of a happy life. I’m kind of a hero, you know.”

“A hero can fly. You’re kind of a maniac.”

“A hero is a kind of a maniac.”

“Why would you take beautiful souls to prove the world is good?”

“I want what they want. I want a voice. I want to get people to pay attention. I want glory and power and meaning. I want understanding.”

“And what does that get you?”

“Eventually, hope.”

“You’re just as stuck as your pictures are.”

“If I take a lot of pictures of myself in quick succession, it will look like they are moving.”

“Ha! The illusion of motion!”

“Exactly! The illusion of life!”

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Jacob Driscoll

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Jacob Driscoll believes that you are a good person. He wants you to know you are not alone. He is cheering for you. Jacob lives and writes in Brooklyn. He has written interactive fiction for EN Publishing, including The Indomitable Fire Forest of Inennotdar and the upcoming The Dying Skyseer. He knows you can pull through this.