An eclectic, erotic and fun collection of science fiction, fantasy, humor and non-fiction by Darrell Bain, author of the best selling science fiction novel The Sex Gates. Includes the short novella God vs Boilerroom McScam. With an introduction by Deron Douglas.
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Double Dragon Publishing
October 04, 2004
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Excerpt from Around the Bend by Darrell Bain
SHARKS PLAY NO FAVORITES
Sharks Play No Favorites was Bain's first published story. It appeared in The Testament of Lael, a chapbook anthology with a theological theme (loosely speaking). Bain has always admired the short-short story form as exemplified by Fredrick Brown, an acknowledged master of that genre and one of Bain's favorite authors. He decided to see if he could write in that format. They don't come much shorter than this one, but you will have to be the judge of its worth.
Once upon a time an odd friendship developed between an atheist and a preacher. They loved to argue, in a friendly sort of way, even though they could never agree on anything.
"Jesus could walk on water," the preacher remarked one day as they were strolling together along a beach. "It has been written in the Bible."
"No way," the atheist disclaimed. "He was only a man. He couldn't have walked on water."
"Nonsense," the preacher said. "Why, even I could walk on water if I had enough faith, even as our Lord Jesus did."
"Prove your faith, then," the atheist dared. "Here is the ocean; walk on it for me, just as you say Jesus did."
The preacher hesitated for a long moment, then abruptly came to a decision. He knelt and prayed. Resolutely, he then rose and walked confidently out into the foam, the surf, the breakers, and on up onto the top of the rolling waves.
The atheist watched and wondered, but he did not kneel, nor did he pray. "It must be mind over matter," he thought. He hesitated also, but he was no less resolute than the preacher. Determinedly, he steeled his mind and walked forthrightly into the foam, the surf, the breakers, and on up onto the top of the rolling waves.
Salt spray soaked the both of them as still they continued to argue.
"This truly shows the power of faith," the preacher proclaimed ecstatically, gliding ever farther from the shore.
"It's simply mind over matter," the atheist insisted stoically, matching the preacher stride for stride.
Their argument might have gone on and on, but at that moment the waves around them turned into a bloody, churning froth from their lacerated bodies. Just before they died, the preacher and the atheist finally agreed on one thing: whether walking on water was a matter of faith or a state of mind, it should never be attempted in shark infested waters.