September 9, 2009

A Moment of Pathos

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:11 am by Ian

For a moment, the bull quieted.

He stood stock still in the dust of the arena, his sides heaving with the residuals of his exertion. The matador shook his cape to capture the bull’s attention, but he was far enough away that the bull did not charge. The bull lowered his head to sniff at the ground where it was damp with pools of his blood.

He sniffed cautiously, raised his head quickly to check that none of the toreros had advanced, then sniffed another pool. He raised his head and looked all around in bewilderment, and at that moment the pretense of the bull as primal aggressive force fell away, and he was just a confused and frightened animal.

Then the matador drew closer and the bull lowered his head and charged.

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4 Comments »

  1. blaez said,

    that took me into another world for a minute.

    nice imaging!

  2. AB said,

    A solid start to The Sun Also Rises II.

  3. mama said,

    Whoa…a wave went through me. I wanted to help the bull, was afraid for the matador…I was there with you.

  4. Ryan said,

    I like your descriptive use of language. I also like how the last sentence serves to pop the little quiet bubble of the moment you’ve captured.


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