Have you no friends? asked William and the old man said no. Have you?
Victor, this incredible piece reminded me of so many places and took me back to my childhood when I listened to Hank Snow's "I've been everywhere" with lust in my heart. I hope my last moments are spent revisiting the places I've been.
Daaamn. Well done.
Just, wow. Beautiful words.
Very touching homage to the events that make up a life, and the vague uncertainty of whatever comes after. I loved this story. It even referenced Santa Cruz - my home away from home! Thanks for another great story, Victor.
"His feet rested on birdbone thin branches and his body swayed from side to side in the secret upper chambers of the sky."
A life fully lived involves accepting the associated risks. William did well for a while on the swaying birdbone thin branches. A sad ending but I doubt he had any regrets. Another brilliant tale, Victor!
This was a beautiful albeit sad story of many human stories all in one.
The structure of this story is just brilliant -- a man's entire life in mere seconds. Its complexity makes my head explode.
"due to the immense capacity of the human spirit in catastrophic throes to stretch a second into a lifetime" - really good, Victor! Another one hit out of the park! I so look forward to your stories.