About Red Tales

Here's an evolving electronic collection of short prose pieces, with a poem contributed occasionally. Brevity guides. Although sometimes a piece will run to 900 words, most pieces are much shorter. Here one may find erotica, flash fiction, brief observations, and modest improvisations. Another rule is that each piece must have something to do with"red"; at least the word has to appear in each piece functionally. . . . All pieces are numbered and titled, so there's a de facto table of contents running down the rail below, under "Labels" (scroll down a bit). Browse for titles that look interesting, if you like. Thank you for stopping by. Look for some red today, tonight.

"Flaming June," by Frederick Lord Leighton

"Flaming June," by Frederick Lord Leighton

Friday, August 15, 2008

1. Power

Red: A Book of Crimson Tales, Sanguine Meditations, and Scarlet Exasperations

“I am the Emperor red,” said the Emperor, Red.
“So true,” responded the people.
“I am your Emperor,” he said.
“We know,” they said.
“Bow down,” he said.
“You bet,” they replied.
“Worship me.”
“Praise Red.”
“Admire me.”
“Respect me.”
“Yes, sir, Emperor Red, sir.”
“Fear me.”
“Duck! Here comes Red!”
“Remember me.”
“'Once there was an Emperor named Red . . . .’”
“Love me.”
“Happy Birthday, Emp!”
“Help! Save me from my rebellious military!”
“What was that? Could you speak up?”
“I said--.”
“'Once there was an Emperor. Emperor Red.’”

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