Cliff owned the only drive-thru funeral business in Massachusetts.
No, not Cliff: I am “Cliff owned the only drive-thru funeral business in Massachusetts”.
I’m a novel. Or at least I’m meant to be…
A little story of funerals, writing and survival. Click on the link to download the PDF version of Undertakings.
Gentleman in Velvet
I’m in my father’s workshop when the servant brings the velvet. I’m being told off for fighting – for at eight I’m an unruly child. But the arrival of the fabric cuts short the homily, and we – myself and two apprentice boys – flock around the best-lighted, the master’s workbench as my father unfurls the two, three ells of velvet.
It ripples like water – a deep burgundy that turns crimson in the slanting light of afternoon, and black in the heart of its smooth folds. It gives off a clean, warm, rich smell amidst the foulness of pitch and tanned leather. It seems the greatest pity to cut it into a pair of slippers…
A young Kit Marlowe learns – the hard way – a lesson about consequences and prices…
A short story containted in History Will Be Kind, the anthology created to celebrate The Copperfield Review’s 15 years.
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