The First Story Teller

By Jim Freeze

 It’s an evening in front of a cave on a clear cool night. We are around a bonfire and our faces are illuminated by the flames. A brawny fellow in a bearskin talks adamantly and illustrates every word with wide sweeping gestures as faces around him reflect the mood. Tired lines disappear, dull eyes brighten, and a sense of pleasurable relief envelops all. The man is telling a story and is renowned as a primitive magician. He can’t imagine this scene being repeated throughout all the ages, but in many varying ways the audience still listens with enraptured attention. Little does he know that books and stories of the future would become the quietest and most patient of teachers.

Jim Freeze is seventy-six years old, retired and widowed. He was happily married for fifty-four years and has two grown sons. He began writing in early 2012 to have something to do. His short stories have been featured in many publications including—–(Brilliant Flash Fiction, Calliope Magazine, The Original Writer and Literally Stories.)