Apocalypse Then: Stories by Rick DeMarinis

By Rick DeMarinis

Regardless of the world's insecurities, the commonest drama of all isn't of apocalypse now, yet of apocalypse deferred; the discomfort of residing is having to attend it out. In Apocalypse Then, DeMarinis's characters try out alcohol, they struggle commute, and (most of all) they struggle off-limits love. They locate themselves in harm's approach, or placed themselves there--but in existence, because the name tale states, "sometimes the worst doesn't happen."

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Vera didn’t seem upset with Edith’s suggestion. In fact, the idea refreshed and stimulated her. Ollie, on the other hand, could not imagine her in anything but the majestic black robes. He was afraid of losing her, her specialness, as though she would reappear in common dress and treat him exactly as his mother did— 48 ROBES as though he could do nothing right. “He had one hundred wives,” he said. “Yes,” Vera said, “I’d like to change. Thank you for suggesting it, Edith. You can’t imagine . ” She didn’t finish the thought, but took her bag into Edith’s room and closed the door behind her.

She and my other former colleagues remarked on the changes in me. And, though I was loathe to admit it, I welcomed the structure of working back into my life. It wasn’t long before I was stopping by for drinks at the old haunts. Old friends looked new, even those who hadn’t changed that much. ” I asked Willy. “I guess they’d be . ” he paused, “you know I haven’t seen Dan once since before you ever left the country. So how would I know? ” I detected more than a note of bitterness. Willy and Dan had been the closest friends in the group.

Don’t be frightened, I’m not a witch. I know your mother, Edith Cunningham, formerly Edith Butler. ” But still Ollie’s heart was racing, some magic had entered his life and he could not take his eyes off of Sister Theodosa. It was a struggle for him to speak, but he knew he must. “My mother . ” he said, but could not go on. “That’s all right, Ollie. ” Ollie shook his head yes, he would do anything for her. ” He shook his head yes again and looked around at the others, feeling both proud and terrified.

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