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Dear Diary II

by SaraG

Dear Diary

Today I caught a little god and put it in a jar before it can become a big god and hurt little people.

Mom says I’m a brave girl for ridding all those worlds of their gods. She also says to be careful but I don’t see what’s so dangerous about the little gods.

Mom wants to take my jars of little gods to the swindler’s market to sell, but I hide them from her and feed them scraps of magic. Sometimes I steal souls for them from Aunt Rue’s cookie jar. The gods grow and grow until their faces are smash up against the glass of their tiny jars and then they grow until their spines are all twisted and then they keep growing until they die.

I have 117 jars, so there are 117 godless worlds.

Today I dropped a dead god into a little world. The little people scurried around like ants, trying to grab pieces of the dead god. They fought for the toes and for the Word and for the Book and they carried away the chunks of godmeat and killed anyone who came close. I felt bad and tried to tell them it was only a stupid dead god but they didn’t listen to me. If Mom finds out she’s gonna kill me. I hid that world where she won’t look.

Sue said she’ll teach me to hunt angels. Angels make good earrings. If you’re careful and don’t kill them when you grab ’em, they keep wriggling their little wings when they’re hung from your ears and last like forever.

Dear Diary: please forgive me for not writing more, but I’m running off to hunt angels with Sue.

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7 Responses to “Dear Diary II”

  1. Alex D M Says:

    May 8th, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    That was really excellent. I love the idea of the little gods in jars and the little worlds. I’m looking forward to the next diary entry!

  2. Sara Genge Says:

    May 8th, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Now I really have to finish Dear Diary III

  3. Luc Reid Says:

    May 8th, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    I’m with you, Alex. I love this piece. I especially like the strangeness of there being a world where there are creatures so much more powerful than gods that their children collect gods like insects. Freaks me out in a good way.

  4. JP Davis Says:

    May 8th, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    Hi, I just read about the site over at speculations, and so far (one story in), I love it. Really neat story, it’s got a great sense of wonder about it. Now to go back and read the first part.

  5. Sara Genge Says:

    May 8th, 2007 at 7:02 pm


  6. Sean Says:

    May 9th, 2007 at 8:37 am

    I love this story! Seriously. It is magnificent and lovely, it is grand and tiny all rolled into one little diary entry. Good job!

  7. Sat Nam Says:

    May 9th, 2007 at 8:58 am

    I like it!