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

Sunday, August 24, 2008

14. Commerce

We sell only red capes. That's our business, our only business. Our business is called Red Cape Land.

Are you tired of going to places that sell thousands of products? Have you ever known a shop other than ours that specializes in red capes? Do you own a red cape? Would you like to own one?

If you answered yes to the first question, no to the second and third questions, and maybe to the fourth question, then you owe it to yourself to come down to Red Cape Land today. Or maybe tomorrow.

If you understand "Red Cape Land" to mean that our business is really not a land but a rectangular building in which red capes are offered for sale, then take an additional ten per cent off your initial purchase. Tell us we sent you.

Don't hurry down to Red Cape Land. Quantities are not severely limited, and to suggest to strangers that they hurry is irresponsible, in our view.

If you've ever dreamed of owning a red cape, then bring enough money with you to purchase one.

Red capes: Without them, our shop, known as Red Cape Land, would cease to exist.

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