Sisyphus, FIYAH Issue 4 | Roots


My story Sisyphus came out in October 2017. From the Table of Contents:

“How far would you go for what you believe is right? How much would you be willing to give up? In this story, the narrator answers this question in a training exercise that requires them to kill their past. Literally.”

Here are the first few paragraphs:

Killing someone thirty-three times oughta give you some familiarity with a guy.

My step-father, Reggie, stands in front of me, at the other end of the long metal room, and I shoot him. Dead. He even bleeds convincingly. I still haven’t figured out how they do it–give you these avatars of the ones you used to love. Or maybe still love, in which case, you’re failing and will be stuck in this hellhole for the rest of your life. I can happily say I don’t love Reggie. Sounds bad, but I don’t really know him. Probably why he’s the first person I see every morning when the test starts over again and I have to–try again–to show them I’m sufficiently detached from the world I used to call mine.

This is the 99ers Elite Officer Training.

For more, grab the issue here!

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