Brief Interview With A Cannibal

Below you will find the results of my having challenged myself for a number of days to write a short story with a beginning and middle and an end inside of 30 minutes. Here is what I came up with. I hope you like it.

His editor had congratulated him for avoiding clichés in his pieces, and Aubry decided that this was an excellent talking point. Upon graduation, he’d do a few years at The Boston Globe before moving on – oh, with a heavy heart – to The New York Times. His impressive, steady climb up the ladder would be due to his innovative approaches to arguably tired material. In a few years, he’d call his Times’ column ‘Fresh Eyes.’

This arrangement required that he avoid describing the man across the table as “quiet,” “nondescript” or “shy.” Those were time bombs of banality that might potentially bore future employers.

He turned on the tape recorder.

As usual, he’d lead with a tough jab, like his trainer had taught.

“How many people did you kill?” he asked with his trademark straightforward, clinical approach.

“Counting you?” the man asked in a very different tone of voice.

The next day, they reattached the guard’s ear. Aubry changed his major to finance.

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