Monday, August 13, 2007

"One Afternoon, Missing" at DKA

David Misialowski's story "One Afternoon, Missing" is up at DKA. He previously published "Dust" with us (one of my fave in the last year at DKA.)

Here's the opening:

I want a new life."

"What is wrong with the life that you have, if you don't mind my asking?"

"I want to live in a world in which Christianity does not exist."

"I beg your pardon?"

He repeated his desire, and then briskly rubbed together his cold, blue hands, as if to warm them.

I looked around his Park Avenue office suite, and at the skyscrapers outside his window. He had framed photos of beautiful women on his desk and walls. These images were strangely disturbing, suggesting trophies in display cases or butterflies on pins.

Earlier, this self-made millionaire had made plain his core philosophy: money can buy anything.

I pondered his outrageous request, awaiting the snap verdict of my gut. But the jury down there was, for some reason, out.

"I know you can find that world for me," he said. "After all, you are the best in the business. You are"—he offered a lopsided grin—"The Finder."

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