What follows is an older one of my tales, originally published by Negative Suck in November 2011. The publication eventually went dark, and the rights of this story returned to me. For awhile, I sat on the story and more or less placed it in the "trunk."
Recently, I brought the story back out and reread it. I'm not completely sure how I feel about it, but I am re-releasing the story "Reassurance, or the Evolution of a Pessimist." It's a rather dark tale involving razor blades, promise rings, and psychological masochism.
HOW THIS STORY CAME ABOUT
I had an instructor from Ball State challenge his students, including me, to write a story based on some kind of formula, such as including the first three of something you saw. My challenge was to work the first 3 advertisements I saw on facebook into a narrative. The first 3 ads I came across were for wrestling rings, promise rings, and an ad for a dating app.
So, if you're into strange, experimental fiction, keep reading below. But don't say I didn't warn you.
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