Darkness on the Edge: Tales Inspired by the Songs of Bruce by Edited by Harrison Howe

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Ideas beget ideas. Creativity begets creativity. One day some years ago, maybe stuck for inspiration or searching for a new story idea and wondering what it was that moved me, something I connected to that could spark my own creativity, I started to wonder if I could take a Bruce Springsteen song and find enough there to write a story of my own (I was then unaware of Boyle’s “Greasy Lake” or any other Springsteen-inspired writings). To allow the images and the lyrics and the themes to fit themselves into the confines of a story that would be, ultimately, uniquely my own.

No, Mac. I have to get to work. ” And she was gone. The day was long, the afternoon sun hanging for an inordinate amount of time atop the building across the street, sending stifling heat into Mac’s apartment. The curtain was no good at holding the heat at bay, neither was the torn plastic shade. There was no air conditioning, of course, another reason the place was so cheap. Mac worked on his site, paced, flipped through a cookbook, read the first three chapters of a novel Alva had given him a month ago, then put it aside, bored.

He thought about Darien, he thought about Lisa. He imagined himself and Lisa on a bus west, her head in his lap, his chin atop her brown hair. He imagined the two of them having inexpensive roadside picnics at rustic tables where squirrels watched from treetops, the scents of honeysuckle and a near-by sun-warmed stream drifted in the air, and the world glowed like the fires of heaven. Lisa got home a little after nine. Mac prepared to tap on the wall to say hello but heard Darien’s car pull up in front of the building, and seconds later Darien come up the stairs.

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