Short Story
                                              The Scarf
                                                                   By Christopher T. Dabrowski


   Matthew was a popinjay; he saw a long, purple scarf made of thick-woven wool and bought it
immediately. Walking out of the store, he wrapped it loosely around his neck and proudly went towards his
“mechanical palfrey”, as he used to call his beloved motorcycle. After a while, he was rushing down the
street and the scarf was waving proudly in the wind.

   Matthew liked fast driving so, as always, he thrashed the speed.

   A hundred kilometres per hour, two hundred, two hundred and fifty...

   The machine was racing like a mad demon.

   Suddenly the end of the long scarf got stuck between the wheel arms of the back wheel. Matthew was
bobbed backwards and within one second, the back wheel minced his head. All that was left was a red-
brownish mist. The motorcycle turned viciously and made a wild jump like a circus acrobat. It landed on a
bus stop full of people hiding from the rain. For a split of a second they must have been really, really hot –
the motorcycle exploded.

   The next day, the president proclaimed national mourning. As usual, the internauts were inveighing that
he does it far too often. A couple of days later, no one but the victims’ families remembered about the
tragedy. The ghost of the popinjay was still hanging around the accident site and it was lamenting that he
destroyed such a beautiful scarf...
About Christopher T. Dabrowski

Born in Łódź, Poland in 1978-  author, screenwriter. He’s published stories in many journals and
anthologies. Translated into English, Czech, Spanish, Hebrew, German, Portuguese, Russian,
Slovak (in Playboy magazine), Hungarian and Italian. Blaze Kujawa directed a movie ‘Angel’
based on Krzysztof’s work, and starring Anna Mucha as the lead character. He published
books: in USA: "Anomaly" (2019 - Royal Hawaiian Press), "Escape" (2019 - Royal Hawaiian
Press), in Spain:"La fuga" (2019 - Royal Hawaiian Press), and in Poland: "Deathbirth" (2008 -
Armoryka publishing house), "Anima vilis" (2010 - Initium publishing house), "Grobbing" (2012 -
Novae Res publishing house), "Deathbirth and other stories" (2012 & 2017 - Agharta &
Armoryka publishing house), "Z życia Dr Abble" (2013 - Agharta publishing house),
"Orgazmokalipsa" (2016 - Alternatywne  publishing house), "Anomalia" (2016 - Forma
publishing house), "Ucieczka" (2017 - Dom Horroru publishing house) and "Nie w inność" (2019
- Waspos publishing house)
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