The Serpent's Tail

(posted Wednesday, June 22, 2005)

In the beginning, there was a word.

And that word was no.

At once it referenced his own damnation, caused and heaped upon his shoulders through no other hand but his own, yet at the same time it also summarized his refusal to accept this fate.

The world stood still as it echoed through his head. Swelling in volume and strength until it finally burst from his mouth.