“The Devil’s Writer….” [The Light in a Dark Room]

From a Story In Development

A scene excerpt from the draft follows. An additional scene excerpt, you should read first, is: “The Devil’s Writer….” [The First Meeting]

“If he hadn’t found me,” he rasped reaching for his drink. “He would’ve found someone else, right?”

“Yes, but he was fortunate, to put that in the most unfortunate way for humanity.”  The light, bright at first, dimmed. “You are a far better writer than most.” It shimmered, nearly forming a man-like shape. “A dull knife can cut but a sharp one is far more cruel.”

“Can you save me?”

“It doesn’t work that way.”

“Are you God?”

“I am what I am.”

“What in heaven’s name does that mean?”

“Humans have good within them,”  the voice was sharp, almost proud, then softer and sadder. “They’ve the Devil inside, too.”

The near-man shape fell apart. The light shrank to a point in the dark—just above eye level—then winked out. He sat in the pitch-black. Not a sound in the room… just the screams he heard again inside his head.

The Devil's Writer by Dennis Lowery

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