Dark rifts of black shadow hide the hairless chimp’s eyes. Donny feels a malevolent gaze punching holes through his skull.

“War has alopecia,” Bob, the fat man, who looks like a soft jiggly bean bag, says handing the ape an unlit cigarette. “You got a light? He’ll love you forever.”

In the soft yellow light, War leans forward. Corded muscle in his chest and arms bulge under his shiny brown almost reddish skin.

Donny knows he doesn’t have a light but pats his pockets anyway.

“Doesn’t matter,” Bob says flicking an OD green zippo. Better he not develop any feelings if this goes bad.”


Published by Bryan

I am an army vet, husband, and father of twins, I am currently working on my next publication, a collection of military fiction, and next year will be publishing an apocalyptic science fiction novel. My urban noir novel, "Compounded Interest," can be purchased on Amazon. I host a podcast on creativity called Origin: Stories on Creativity and co-host the soon-to-be-released show on speculative fiction called Mirage with fantasy author R. Emma Hardcastle. My youtube channel is: The Origin podcast feed is: For updates on "Mirage" and future publications follow me on twitter: @bryaiello More of my short fiction can be found at: My amazon author page is:

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