Three-Minute Fiction

Oct 16, 2011
Originally published on October 16, 2011 6:20 pm
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We'll be announcing the winner of round seven of our Three-Minute Fiction contest in just a few weeks. So while we sort through your 3,000-plus entries, here's another favorite.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Darius Kroger had a talent for moving impossibly heavy objects. When he was a child, he could haul a cast iron stove uphill on one shoulder as if it were a knapsack, or stack cows on top of one another half a dozen deep. Darius Kroger did not look like a person who could do such things. His eyes, so pale they were almost clear, seemed to slip away from whatever they looked at.

ROBERTS: That was an excerpt from "Darius Kroger" by William Sirson from Laramie, Wyoming. You can find this story and others on our website,, all spelled out, no spaces. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.