Legend says that to balance skin on a book you first must find the hidden waterfall. One hundred steps past the waterfall you must pull the stake out of your vanity and watch your ego bleed out on the forest floor. Once the wound scabs over, you must gather the last of your strength and continue the journey. You must climb through the valley of a thousand benches. Some of them are cursed so don’t rest, keep going. You will come to a wide river. Swimming it will flay the skin from your body. With scarcely a cell of epidermis left you will crawl out the other side. There on a stand is a book for you to balance the skin of your former life. But why would you want to do this my child? There are easier ways to change your fate?
The prompts for this short story:
to balance skin
Copyright 2019 Klaudia Grady