Volume 4, Issue 9, September 2023
Phillip E. Dixon
Six Dart Out
Would you trade the life of a loved one (or five strangers) for your own? In this work of philosophical short story fiction, Marc owns a struggling bar, and uses the money from it to support his struggling family. His wife is pregnant with twins. After the bar closes a stranger comes in, Death, and tells Marc he has slipped, hit is head, died, and she has come to collect him. Death comes to all, but is willing to make a deal. Marc and continue his life in exchange for the life of one of his unborn twins? Or, if he’d prefer, he can trade is life for five strangers of his choosing. What he does know is, without a father, his unborn children are going to have a very difficult future ahead of them. In the end, Marc decides to accept his fate and pass on.