The Appeal of Sisyphus
by Alice Walsh
Highly Commended in the 2005 TWO! Short Story Competition
"Do you remember bold Sisyphus, scion of Greek royalty, and pure evil, through and through? About five thousand years ago his case first came up. You’ll not remember all the details, unless you are abnormally fond of the classics. Well, he amused himself by robbing and murdering travellers at first. Then he committed the big one. Do you recall him at all?"
I had to confess my memory unreliable on that count.
"Well, he graduated from the traveller murdering to chaining up the god of Death, Hades as he was known, which had the effect of preventing the dear departed from reaching the underworld. You can imagine the kerfuffle what with cartloads of souls backed up with nowhere to go, from the seventh circle of hell to cloud nine, or wherever it was they used to head for in those days. Mebbe you'll mind he was sentenced to hard labour for all eternity."
The affair rang a distant bell with me now.Special services...
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