Dead Man Walking

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 am a dead man walking. That's not a metaphor, not a promise of a future event the way you usually think of it. I really am dead -- and have been for some time now.

I walk the streets of this city. I pass by people on the sidewalk, and they instinctively shy away from me. They see me, they know I'm there, but they always pretend they don't. I guess I can't blame them for that. I wouldn't, either, were I in their shoes.

I've walked for what seems like ages. You'd think after a while I'd stumble across a recognizable face, someone from my past. I haven't. Every face is that of a stranger. Every encounter is new. And cold. So very cold. The people around me shrug me off, like they would an unwanted hand on their shoulder.

I don't think this is the afterlife. Everyone I meet is clearly still alive. And warm. So this must be something else. But no one seems to know what. Believe me. I've asked. There are no answers here. There are no answers anywhere, it seems.

And so I walk. Alone. A dead man walking still.


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Robert Quick

Robert Quick

I like it. I couldn't see this character being a protagonist of a longer story (but who knows, maybe you could make it work) but I could see this as one of those super interesting characters that a protagonist meets on their journey, and, as a ficly (or ficlet, or ficlatte if we are adopting that term for stories), its perfect.

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Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

Yeah, it was one of those vignettes that came to my mind and begged to be set down to text. Definitely not the right viewpoint for a longer story but it could fit nicely into an urban fantasy setting as a kind of one-off.

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