The Bargain with Lucifer Pt.1
Date: 4/14/2018, Categories: Straight Sex, Author: Sisyphus, Source: LushStories
Many afternoons, Paul Cantor stood at his office window in the English Department and looked down at the campus below, watching the students walking to their classes, some riding bicycles, others romantically holding hands, some sitting on the benches, or along the wall of the large round fountain spouting and splashing rainbows of water high into the air. This day, however, a weary sigh came from deep within him before he went back to his desk where a large pile of term papers his students had turned in two weeks ago sat waiting. Normally, he would have read and graded them, writing extensive comments and handing them back within a week, but now he couldn't look at another paper. He sat back in his black leather chair, reclining, closing his eyes, stroking his white beard with one hand and tapping his red pen on the desk with the other. He knew he was depressed, frustrated, anguished and fighting off despair. What frightened him the most was thinking about suicide, ending it all. He shoved that thought away, knowing he did not have the courage, but still, there it was lurking in the shadows, scaring him with its presence. He should be happy that his latest book of poetry, his fifth, was on the short list for a Pushcart Award. He had been invited to give readings at several colleges and was proud of his growing reputation as one of the more important poets writing today; however, he hadn’t written a new poem in at least eight months, and though he had several drafts of a new ...