Flash Fiction Challenge: Developing Characters

Key to the Cosmos

There was no way this was going to end well for him.

The ‘he’ in question didn’t care, of course. Clearly. But if he did, his act, however pointless, was worthy of the best and brightest stages this side of Carson City. Or so Jesse imagined, casting his judgement on the posturing buffoon below from his favoured vantage point on the mezzanine. Truth be told, he had never been far beyond the twin towns of Dustworth and Wrypeak in all his youth, let alone to the state capitol, and it was unlikely his situation was going to change any time soon. Not with the new laws, which this clown thinks he can overturn. Idiot. The very concept of complete institutional revolution was impossibly complex, incurring a shiver of incredulity from someone who had only come of age recently. It started with a quiver of the eyelashes, then the judder of a sharp…

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