Statues should be timeless; I am not.

I once was more—to myself, to the Boy: a knight (with a gun-like sword), a cowboy (oddly dressed), a spy. I charged, my cry a shrill violence to match The Boy’s: terror and courage overflowing. Life.

Now? I forget.

My voice is hollow, as is my left arm. One leg rotted through. Yet I am good: my face strong, though pocked; my left arm (I hope) still solid. My right leg warped but workable.

And so my hollow voice screams, even now, a war-cry of thanks for my transient flesh.

(This story is a part of Loren Eaton’s 2018 Advent Ghost 100-word storytelling. Click here to read others’ contributions.)

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