Rhonda Eikamp

I'm originally from Texas and live in Germany. I had stories published in small-press up to 2001. More recently, I've had a story on Daily Science Fiction and others are forthcoming in LCRW and the Fringeworks anthology Grimm and Grimmer.

I'm originally from Texas and live in Germany. I had stories published in small-press up to 2001. More recently, I've had a story on Daily Science Fiction and others are forthcoming in LCRW and the Fringeworks anthology Grimm and Grimmer.

The Furred Devil’s Apology

These chains are not necessary, sir. I admit, the opera house is in tatters. My claws never were a meet companion for chenille and gobelin tapestry. There are rows of cushioned seats that will want replacing. Yet no one was injured.

And I am myself again.

Much better. You are more than gracious. Ah, and tea served. One remarks the gentleman in you, Detective. Let us proceed to detail, that I might repay your kindness.

I will not soften off the matter. You will have perceived my antiquity. The bears with which you mingle in this vast city of ours are not so furred as I and their frame much diminished. Why that fit that came upon me? – it was the battle scene. The jabbing and parrying of those smooth-faced actors, so very choreographed, that bland depiction of slaughter. A groan, the actor sinks to his knees and the rapier through the middle is redrawn and flourished, clean and brilliant. War is not so, sir – I have seen – Forgive me.

I am perhaps the last living witness to that war between bears and humans now called the Only War, and be you willing I will tell you of it. Mayhap in the history you will find a morsel of our entwined past not known to you before and that will move you to forgive my rampage.