Sunday, May 25, 2014

"Sol Invictus"

"It was Friday morning when he noticed Thursday had disappeared."

This is how my latest story, "Sol Invictus", starts. I got the the line from a post I made on Facebook on a friend's wall. I used Dragon software to whip up the first draft today — coming in at 5500 words.

It's about a man who wakes up one morning and find out there's been a time slip and he is now in a world where Christianity never developed into a major world religion and is just one of many small religious cults. The MacGuffin here is the same POD as in my story "Damascus Interrupted".

He is a high school teacher, and the main piece of business in the story revolves around the fact that in an essentially pagan world schoolboy fights are allowed and indeed expected to be murderous. He tries to save a pair of teenagers caught in a bind.

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