I have been hard at work on my next release THE BLACKBERRY & OTHER TALES THAT CREEP which will include some wonderful sketches by artist Rick Geary, and a new story called "Gorak the Gobbler." I am going to feature sections of the story-in-progress here BUT not in a series of posts - JUST HERE. I'll update the post weekly with a new adventure, and we'll see how this works. Feel free to share your thoughts in comments. And yeah, I am trying to sell books, eventually. Maybe even mine!
GORAK THE GOBBLER - Part 1
by Judith Cullen
“Boy! All that baby fat makes you one big baby!”
There was the usual chorus of cruel tween-er laughter that followed. Jamie Bergstrom felt something inside him contract painfully, like it always did. Twelve was an awkward age to be, made even more uncomfortable by the fact that Jamie had shot up last summer and was already touching 5’ 10”. His Dad predicted that he’d crack six feet before very much longer. Jamie had also always been a round and cuddly sort of child, with a sweet disposition. These characteristics had grown along with his vertical inches, which did not help when it was time for verbal abuse from the other kids at school.
“Are you a big baby, Jaaaameeeeeee?!”
Today’s town heckler, Robbie, feigned an “oogy-boogy” baby-type talk that caused Jamie to scrunch up his face and duck his head as if the jibe were an actual, physical missile fired in his direction. He wished it were something that he could dodge. But it hit its target, shattering against his sense of self, and that little constricting pain came back. He did what he always did: he kept on moving and said nothing. He didn’t have a mean bone in his body, and he wouldn’t have even considered returning fire with a smart-aleck reply. His top grades only added another bright ring to the huge, invisible target that seemed to follow him around everywhere.