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... and a small amount of ones of acceptance.

But this is about a rejection.

An e-zine was asking for short story submissions of around 200 words. I sent one in. It was not accepted. I have no idea what to do with it. Poor thing, it has no place to go.
So I will put it up here.





It Will Also Gaze Into Thee


by


Eldon Litchfield


Otis Walton stared into the Abyss. The Abyss stared back. Otis didn't think it was supposed to be literal. It was definitely uncomfortable.

Otis looked to his arsenal of magical paraphernalia. He was prepared for a journey of trans-formative insight, to glimpse the hidden workings of what lay behind The Veil, not to be confronted with a look reminiscent of a teenage cashier patiently waiting for an elderly customer to decide on which menu item they wanted.

The Abyss still stared. Unblinking. This wasn't covered in the grimoire.

"W-what...I...ah..." Otis tried to focus.

"Hey," said the Abyss. Unblinkingly. Now it was like being stared at by a tiny intent kitten.

Otis stepped back. "Uh, yeah." He delved deep into his mind for any reference to what was before him. "You're the demon Choronzon-"

"No idea who that is," stated the Abyss without menace. Unblinkingly.

Otis looked again at his collection of magical objects; wand, sword, cup, dagger, pentangle, rainbow staff... "Look, I am Osthanes-"

"Ooo, neat name," said the Abyss. Still not blinking.

"Thanks," said Otis, aka Osthanes. "Ah, are you a demon?"

The Abyss shrugged. "Don't think so."

"Nice to meet you," said Otis.

"Nice to meet you," said the Abyss.

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