“Chat with a Dead Man” – Excerpt From the Short Story by Ana Livingston

“His name was Guido. I‘d been enjoying a crisp, spring morning at my favorite outdoor cafe in the Montepuliano outskirts when he arrived. By “arrived” I mean one moment I was alone, and the next I wasn’t. I’d stolen a quick moment to study him as he settled on a stool across from me and estimated his age to be about 55; he soon confirmed that fact.

“Well,” he said, “At least I had been…right before my death.” And so the tale of his ending begins with a chat over the too dark and much too rich morning coffee I shouldn’t have been drinking.

“It’s funny how when one conducts their life responsibly for a short period of time they feel they deserve to be rewarded with the very thing that should be avoided like the plague. As my personal testament to that fact, when I was cheerfully dressing that morning my internal dialog went something like this…”

<stay tuned for the next installment!>

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Beautiful Montepulciano, Italy. Opening for the short story by Ana Livingston titled “Chat With a Dead Man”.

Excerpt: Copyright © 2015 by Ana Livingston. All rights reserved.

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Through the Pages of Tuscany

Ah, Tuscany. My favorite place in the world.

Because Tuscany is a treasure trove of fine art, breathtaking architecture, savoury food and world renowned wine, travelers to the central Italian region often overlook its rich literary history. Yet for any lover of great poetry and prose — particularly writers like Boccaccio, Petrarch and Dante — Tuscany is also the muse that inspired some of the writers’ greatest works. Read on…

~Ana

Siena's Basilica of San Domenico houses the partial remains and relics of the city's patron saint Catherine

Siena’s Basilica of San Domenico houses the partial remains and relics of the city’s patron saint Catherine. (BBC)