The Figures - A short story by Nigel Hems
Haunting, perplexing Figures trouble an unnamed man, pulling at him with their eerie, magnetic presence. The exact nature and purpose of the Figures is unclear, but they have an insatiable desire to possess the man and direct him towards ever more secluded regions, until an agreement is made to borrow him ... as a disguise. Before the Figures leave, the man reluctantly agrees to what is required of him. The agreement seems straightforward enough – but does it contain the power to control the man’s destiny?
A poor cobbler appears from nowhere, supposedly to offer guidance. Instead, he embroils the man into further unavoidable, if not inevitable, pathways. Lingering uncertainty mounts as the cobbler leads the man into what seems to be a religious or political arena of judgement, decked with numerous rows of seats where the Figures lie in wait … yet again. The man now comes face-to-face with The Conductor: a dreamlike conveyor of ethereal truths who possesses a seemingly hypnotic effect on the figures – as well as on the man himself.
As the story moves inexorably towards its conclusion, will the man be exonerated and empowered by the Conductor … or find himself condemned by him?
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Published February 20, 2013
by Ex-L-Ence Publishing.
Literature & Fiction.