Weight of the Kraken

Jim Stitzel

I dabble a little in a lot of things — writing, webcomics, gaming, photography, web design, music, and more. I’m a full-time code-wrangler with far, far too much to do.


Chaz raises the weapon he holds in his left hand. He can feel the Weight of it dragging his arm back toward the earth, but it is that very same Weight that allows him to wield the hand cannon at all. When he first claimed the Kraken, when he first held the Object that had laid him on this path, this disparity had been distracting.

But he has long since made his peace with it. The weapon is now a part of him, an extension of himself that transcends the steel he now holds.

The creature before Chaz barely blinks. It is indifferent to the cold gaze of the Kraken. It knows Objects of this type, has lain waste to their bearers before. Chaz knows this, knows the creature will not be easily dispatched, knows that even with the force of the Weight behind each bullet he fires the creature will not go down easily.

Chaz has no words for the beast. It wouldn't care even if he did. No, he knows the creature respects only action.

"Ok," he says.

A deep breath, then, his finger squeezes the trigger, and time stops.


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remembrancer

remembrancer

Moral weight of ability/responsibility to kill? Physical weight of a gun? The ambiguity in your use of Weight is intriguing. The transition into dialogue and eventual action felt abrupt.

You picked a challenging topic to describe. Well done.

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Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

Yeah, I'm a little rusty. I wasn't really all that happy with the transition from setup to action, but I wanted to get the ideas down on 'paper.'

The Weight idea actually encompasses both of the ideas you mentioned -- and then some. It's an idea that's been bouncing around in my head for a couple of years now and provides the seed for what I believe is going to be my NaNoWriMo novel this year.

  • #1095 Posted 3 years ago
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HSAR

HSAR

I was playing with some similar concepts that wound up in "Looking Down". This one has much more of a Destiny feel to it though!

  • #1096 Posted 3 years ago
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Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

Heh, I borrowed the 'hand cannon' concept from Destiny, to be sure.

  • #1097 Posted 3 years ago
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remembrancer

remembrancer

@HSAR The two stories definitely seem related, not in style but in theme.

I initially assumed this story had been inspired by "Looking Down".

  • #1098 Posted 3 years ago
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