The Cleansing of Bunk Thirteen
Every camp has its ghost stories – as, I suppose, does every castle, inn, or other settled place where life and death have played through generations and we the living find ourselves performing in theatres which long before have staged the stories of the dead. How deeply strange is this, our world, when we look into its dark places! How much stranger still would we find it could we travel with the winds through trackless forests, with the currents through deepest seas — freed from the safe boundaries of our little selves — and learn the inhuman secrets of all that in fear or malice wait out the squall that is mankind? For we who would get on with the business of living, for at least a little while longer, with homes to maintain and gardens to tend and illusions of security to preserve, perhaps it is best there are things we can never know and stories we will never be told.
But that is no excuse to leave what tales we do know of greater things unfinished, if what remains to tell can shine light into darkness – or even give us cause to hope that understanding, redemption, and joy may yet remain when all boundaries are removed.
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A concluding Sequel to The Blind Ghost of Bunk Thirteen, together forming the novella Ketsanis. Now available at Amazon: