Saturday, June 11, 2016

Snippet from 'A Symposium in Space'

Here's a sample from my short story, 'A Symposium in Space'. Yes, it's based on Plato's classic, although the dinner party speeches have a few twists and turns. Here's an example from one of them.

“Love left scars on anyone unfortunate enough to be an object of it,” Pausania said. Her entire body vibrated with the force of her words. I could feel it longing to escape from her body. Often, in the past, she’d start pacing--as if she were stalking her own violent feelings. “The situation was too much to be borne. One of the Titans, Dione, coupled with Zeus, the king of gods. The result was the birth of a second Aphrodite. The second Aphrodite was much gentler, due to loving nurture within her mother’s womb. She wasn’t as fair of face and body as the first Aphrodite. You had to get to know her to truly see her loveliness. To truly adore her.”