“Give us your potential.”
With that request, a story that revolves around a woman, her imminent death, her troubled life and lots of talking animals (that she can hear) is off and running.
In The Space Within These Lines Is Not Dedicated, a Kindle novelette (50 pages) by Bernard Cox, we get the story of Lucy, a woman who once traveled around the world saving animals but who now is stuck in the drudgery of a life working for a drug company while trying to deal with the death of her dad and the subsequent funk her mother goes into. Spurned by the only woman she ever really loved (Faye), she just doesn’t have any hope at all or dreams for anything better.
But wait! Along comes a cicada - you know, the big, loud bugs – to tell Lucy that she’s going to die in 3 days time and that he wants “her potential” before she does. Or, at least, that’s what she thinks he wants. Lucy has to decide whether to give it to him and she needs to give him her answer before the moment of her death arrives. Of course, the cicada (Lenny) doesn’t know the exact moment due to a freak schedule eating incident, so Lucy has to rely on her sense that the end is near on the appointed day.
Hmm, what will Lucy decide?
Does it all sound crazy? Well, it is! It’s also entertaining. You can download this for the Kindle now for, at this writing, $2.99, and read it in an hour. It will be an enjoyable hour. Cox is a great story teller. There are more of these novella’s to come from him and I look forward to them. Oh, and by the way, I knew he at least spent time in my native Pennsylvania when he used the word “hoagie” in a sentence. No one outside of PA calls a sub sandwich a hoagie!
You can check out Bernard’s author blog here.
This is good stuff, all the way around!