Was My Battle With The Archangel of Death Worth It?

Many years ago, it seems like a lifetime, I met the grim reaper up close. A botched medical procedure, followed by an egregiously erroneous diagnosis took me to Azrael’s door. We had a great conversation and I told him I was not quite ready to follow him on that leg of my journey. We wrestled back and forth, until my fight gave me a victory and I was allowed to continue on the mortal plane.

I fought hard to live, and at that moment I was joyous for being given more time. These days, I wonder why I fought so hard. Repeatedly I ask myself —

Did I really escape death?

Have I been residing in purgatory ever since?

Did that one bad event lead to a lack of confidence?

Without a doubt I am aware, that the trap of my life is a cage made from bars strung together by my bad decisions. Each piece of metal, each layer of lattice and each lock that holds me in place, is the end result of my own labors.  The roads I chose to travel have guided me to the torturous suffering I now experience.

Unlike the youth of today, I know the fault is with the visual echo I see as I peer into the looking glass. There is no one else to blame, and I look for no one to set me free. I trudge through life, shackles causing me to shuffle along that which remains ahead.

Thankfully, that in front is much shorter than that behind. My hike upon the path of misery has helped me to gain insight into the plight of others. I understand that the hope we are always preached to believe in, is for many, false or non-existent.

The Damaged and Broken Collection

Life is a cruel bastard.

Life damages us.

Life breaks some of us.


The stories I tell are of those damaged by life, and pushed so far they are broken.


“Who am I?”

I am an independent, self-published teller of tales. I am an author of scarcely any renown. However, as a storyteller, I know who I am, and with that persona, I am both confident and comfortable. I invite you to visit my website,  ShortStoryScribe.com and/or Amazon Author Page, if you are so inclined please purchase a copy and leave a review.

Thank you,



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