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Darwin the Coward - They say that fear can drive a man to any lengths, but has anyone ever considered the supreme driving force of cowardice?

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Introduction

Darwin the Coward Chapter 1 They say that fear can drive a man to any lengths, but has anyone ever considered the supreme driving force of cowardice? A man, who is so scared at one point in time, he can accomplish previously incomprehensible feats. So what of the power of a man who is scared every day of his life? Darwin contemplated this thought. He was a coward in the purest form of the word. There wasn't a person in this city that didn't put the fear of God into him. Most of the buildings scared him, and certainly all the animals. But despite this apparent incentive, Darwin didn't feel particularly powerful. In fact, when it came right down to it in the middle of each terrifying night, nothing could be further from the truth. He'd hide under the sheets in his run down room, quivering with the passing of every train, the echo of every voice, the beep of every car. However, regardless of his contrary stance on the "Coward Power" theory, Darwin would soon discover that even he had hidden depths. Every man will have a defining moment. On his deathbed he'll look back on his life and be able to see one act that made him who he was. ...read more.

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This was Gianni Parricci. A very tall man, with a body more resembling that of a gorilla than a human, and bearing just as much hair. He always wore a trademark pinstripe suit, with black leather shoes, and a cigar placed sharply between his lips. He was a very sinister man, with a passion involving other people's heads, and baseball bats. None the less, Gianni was the more civil of the Brothers. Sure, he'd beat your nose flat rather than acknowledge your existence, but compared to his brother he was the little angel of the family. "NOW, little man." Shouted Marco impatiently. Gianni's younger, and somewhat less amiable brother was Marco Parricci. Marco was a tad on the aggressive side. At least Gianni would have the decency to beat you with a bat. Marco preferred using his head. Also Gianni usually remembered to stop when the victim turned that certain shade of indigo. Darwin tottered to the car and slid in the back seat. Darwin's mind was racing, or at least racing with a destination this time. Why did Pops Parricci want to see him? He hadn't looked at any of his girls last night, and he certainly didn't go near the Parricci's territory. In fact Darwin had had a reasonably uneventful week so far. ...read more.

Conclusion

Again it looked more for show than actual use. There was no paper work; simply a copy of the local tabloid that Poppa was scouring like it was a blessed tome. Poppa Parricci sighed deeply. He was a man of indeterminable age; having been silver crested and wracked with wrinkles for as long as anyone could recall. Under different circumstance you might say he even looked amiable. At least until he opened his mouth. He had a raspy voice he'd spent years perfecting. Everyone knows the head of a family should speak like he recently lost half a lung in a freak smoking accident. Poppa Parricci had gone for the whole lung. "Nothing but lies and innuendo," he wheezed. There was a pause that Darwin couldn't help but fill. "Sorry?" he mumbled. "The paper these days, filled with nothing but lies. I mean do I look like a man who could do the things they print?" Darwin hesitated. A second too long in fact. "Your lack of confidence is disturbing, but no matter. I have a task for you, Mr. Lansdale." Darwin was astounded, and terrified. Why did Poppa Parricci know his name? This couldn't be good. And the choice of word, task. To Darwin that screamed danger. "A task, sir?" he managed to force out, through the fast rising fog of urgent panic. Something told him it was going to be a very long day. James Davies ...read more.

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