For Love of Fire
Fiction – Literary Adventure
A homeless schizophrenic man wandering the streets of Brooklyn can’t help himself from talking out loud. And some can’t help but listen. When two friends decide to bring the troubled man’s delusion to life, their lives are turned upside down as his reality becomes their reality. Stranded within his world, they are left to wonder… is he even crazy?
Someone had stood in the hot street for so long it burned off the bottoms of their feet. Staring down at the someone’s unfortunate moment with the hot asphalt stood one troubled Abigail Pratt, presently disturbed by the sight of two sizzling bloody plops of such a barefooted tragedy. Bubbling in the heat before her, she could smell the foot-flesh still cooking. Trailing off from the footprints was the painful, bloody track marks of a sole-less New Yorker.
She couldn’t imagine what would compel someone to endure such an experience long enough to burn off the bottoms of their feet. She knew one didn’t have to walk far in the city to see something bizarre. This, however, was beyond the typical oddity. Processing the image turned her stomach and her mind against themselves. She was regretting her heavy pasta lunch.
She had regretted the heavy pasta earlier as well.
Standing glum before the be-footing, she had only managed ten paces out of what was supposed to be the day that would change her life forever. She doesn’t blame the pasta, but it didn’t help. This is an exaggeration, of course, she didn’t expect her day would have changed anything, but she has always been more of an optimist.
What a ride! This book pulled me in and held me through till the end! I fell in love with the characters and want them to come live with me!
— Donna T.
This moment is to be savoured, and reread and reread. The satire is brilliant and the fire is there! … “For Love Of Fire” held me to the end, and Abby, disappointed by her American life, heroic in her misery, gets livid after Arnold destroys it. Or does he?
— Jonathan Finch
Poet & Author