Man-Made Post (Made of Man)

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.


I don't know how I made it through what came next. The next days were a blur of pain, both physical and emotional, and fever dreams, in the rare moments when I slept.

My first task was to split the figure of my father in half, carefully using the tools of our trade to part his body along the wood grain from groin to left shoulder. His upraised arm, minus fingers, fell away to the floor, landing with a dull thud that nearly made me vomit. Then I cleanly separated his other arm with a saw, discarding it with the rest.

What remained was a leg, connected to a torso, which ended at my father's head, still frozen in that expression of disbelief and awe.

The final hours of work I spent spinning my father on a milling machine, carving him into a post that tapered from his remaining foot up to his neck. I left his head alone, the pinnacle of the travesty I had just created. All that remained was to bore a shaft along the length of the father-post large enough to house the steel post.

It was done, and I was ready.


Comments (5 so far!)

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slapdashmonuments

slapdashmonuments

oh lor'

without having read the previous parts of this I was getting very anxious

good

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  • Posted 13 days ago
Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

So much more detail I wanted to add here but couldn't due to space constraints. I actually think once I finish this little that I want to go back and pull all the pieces together into a single unit of short fiction and flesh it out properly to do the justice to it I feel like it deserves at this point. When I first started this arc, I really wasn't sure where I was headed it with it. It was just a fun exploration into the different ways to come up with different post types. Now I have an end goal in mind, and the story has practically finished itself.

  • Posted 13 days ago
ElshaHawk

ElshaHawk

I can tell you have a direction, a purpose for the father post. It must involve some more gods. Perhaps they are more demons than gods, though..

  • Posted 12 days ago
rhubarb_j

rhubarb_j

Hey Jim,

Having just found these posts, I implore you to both finish the series AND flesh it out into something more.

Post-haste.

Most enjoyable indeed...

  • Posted 10 days ago
  • 5 out of 5
Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

Two more sequels for those of you following along, with more on the way.

  • Posted 10 days ago

Inspired by (sequel to):

I grabbed our wagon, pushing it over to where my father stood, forever carven in wood. Carefully, I …

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