Fictoid: Death's Jest
Determined to be remembered, the rich man vowed he would spend his life building a tomb for himself.
Angered at his vanity, and enraged by his foolish waste of the gods’ gift of life, Death made him immortal.
His family, friends, and fortune gone all too soon, the man spent the rest of his existence in what later generations regarded as an ancient ruin, built and abandoned for no ascertainable purpose.
He begged for Death to release him, but Death never would.
Who knew that Death could be cruel only by denying his service…
text © Buzz Dixon
(updated August 8, 2018)