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Flash Reprint: Paul Kavanagh’s “Antoine de Saint-Exupéry”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Paul Kavanagh


We decided to hang Alfred. Viv went for rope. Tom went for a chair. I waited and talked with Alfred. We talked about space­ships and space­men. Alfred was curi­ous if space­men ever asked, Are we there yet. Alfred was always ask­ing, are we there yet. Tom returned with a chair. It was an old Vic­to­rian chair. It had once belonged to Tom’s great-grand­fa­ther. Alfred tested the chair. He jumped up and down on the chair. The chair was sturdy. Viv returned with some wool, she could not find any rope. Alfred tested the wool. It snapped. Tom called Viv a bad name. Viv threat­ened to cry. Before she could fill the room with sobs, Alfred said he knew where there was rope. Viv smiled and hugged Alfred. Viv was very happy. Alfred left room. We need a bible, said Viv. Eliot and Viv’s par­ents being athe­ists allowed no bible in the house. I have some­thing in my bed­room, said Viv. We told her to go. Viv returned with Le Petit Prince. We were very happy with Le Petit Prince. I said I would read from Le Petit Prince while Alfred pushed off the chair. Alfred returned. He had an arm­ful of sturdy rope. Eliot being good with knots fash­ioned a noose. He placed the noose over Alfred’s head. It looked very pro­fes­sional. Alfred rearranged the noose; he was extremely fas­tid­i­ous. Tom helped Alfred up onto the chair. Alfred threw the end of the rope over the chan­de­lier. Tom caught the rope and tied the rope to the door­knob. Alfred pulled the rope to test the rope, it was sturdy, it would hold. Viv touched Alfred on the knee, lov­ingly. He looked down and smiled. I started to read from Le Petit Prince.


Note: Orig­i­nally pub­lished inNano Fic­tion Vol­ume 6 Num­ber 2.


Author’s Note

The piece is all about incon­gruities, jux­ta­po­si­tions, mainly the ugly with the beau­ti­ful.


me.jpgPaul Kavanagh wrote Ice­berg

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