In the Bag
by Robin B. Lipinski
Through the counting of each, individual grain of sand falling
through the tiny hole of the hourglass, the individual speck reflected
the universe uncounted, of time. A moment of so many moments before,
impossible to tally the count of those who tried a game of life only to
Bob Harper had wealth and money as much as the hourglass contained the
weight of the world in sand. Still, much like those succumbing to
greed, he wanted more, he wanted it all, and to have it all he was
willing to do whatever action necessary to succeed.
“How much?” Bob asked the vender at the small Syrian market, a vender
whose face was masked by a dirty garb some in a civilized country would
“This is not for you to buy sir, I suggest you look at these fine items, they will be much more to your liking.”
Bob Harper was a man of power, a man of wealth. He owned countries and
some say he controlled the world, so his will was basically- his will
“No, this is what I want and I will get it,” stated in the arrogant
tone those who think they know power and yet are clueless as to what
The veiled merchant was hard to read as all one could see were the eyes
that at one glance appeared coal black and yet changed in the light
from red to green to blue. Bob did not see or notice such mundane
earthly details, he only saw the item he desired. An item most would
shudder and leave alone on the table, their mind filled with disgust.
This material ‘thing’ was the shriveled dry scrotum of a castrated ox
sewn shut with a thread whose material makeup could be questioned.
However distasteful the item appeared, the lust of possession was in
“No, I will not sell this to you as you do not have the power to
possess it. Please sir, look at this polished kill claw of the Siberian
Leopard, it is said to bring good luck to those who hold this in their
Before the man could finish, Bob Harper had already given the nod to
one of the two men standing next to him, silent in the deadly pose of
trained killers, killers who were always at their master’s side to
protect and attack those who were given the focus and decision of the
Bob was used to getting his way and usually money would work, even
threats or deceit would work, but sometimes more sinister means were
used. In this case it appeared obvious that the vendor was not going to
be swayed in his decision and so Bob’s decision was shown in the nod to
one of the large men.
It was getting dark and the alley the four were in was bare of other
venders as they had already folded up their carpets and wares, heading
home after a hard day of sales. Not even the street urchins were out
begging. It was the perfect time to kill and take what could not be
The two thugs grabbed the vendor by his arms, one man on each side of
the now hapless victim. Shoving him into an even darker crevice of the
now completely dark alley, one of the killers took out a knife and
drove it into the heart of a person who did not struggle, did not
fight, did not scream, and did not sell the shriveled ox scrotum to
“What, what the…” but before the startled killer could say anymore, the
garment of rag fell from the victims face and dissolved completely from
his body. What was now shown was the golden, glowing skin of a hoofed
person and a head where two white horns spread out from the now,
“Holy mother of…”
Such were the last words of men who would kill on command. Their bodies
consumed by a blue flame and their screams muted so as to present the
scene as if a silent movie picture so popular in Syria years ago.
Bob Harper was used to much. His sexual appetites, his Worldly
appetites, whatever he wanted he had experienced. He had even flown
into space on a Russian spacecraft, but he had never, ever witnessed
what he was seeing now.
Bob did what most humans do when confronted by horror, he turned to
flee but his feet were unable to move, nothing of his body seemed to
move, only his lips could move.
Standing in front on this frozen and powerless mortal stood the male
Re’em one of only two alive on the world, the other being his future
mate, a female Re’em.
“What the fuck are you?” the strangled voice of a beaten man asked as
the glowing horned face of the Re’em moved in, its nose that now
appeared as that of a bull, only inches from the man.
“I told you, I warned you but men such as you are ignorant. You could
have been spared but by your own choice you must now pay the price.”
With that said, the same blue flame engulfed what was once the most
powerful man in the world. Nothing remained of Bob Harper, nothing. His
soul, his being was now added to the thousands of others added over the
years and for an eternity would now suffer in the confines of what
other mortals would describe as an old, shriveled scrotum of an ox.
This bag of souls were to be the gift the male Re’em would soon gift to
his mate located at the opposite side of the world, a gift centuries in
the making, soon, very soon, there would be mating.
© 2014 Robin B. Lipinski
B. Lipinski claims to be addicted to writing. It helps that his good
dreams are other people's nightmares. There is not much to know about
him other than he shares this planet with you and others.
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