Alex M. Pruteanu

Posted on June 18, 2012


A Well-Trained Horse Can Sometimes Say I Love You

After they took him down the Quartermaster had his men roll over a cart with various implements used in the butchering of animals.

You know Quartermaster is a non-commissioned rank in many navies he said with droopy eyes and he sharpened the blade against a straight razor horne.

The men had gathered around the twitching animal and were watching their superior methodically working on the sharp edge.

There’s no need to use a leather strop the Quartermaster declared as he tested his work with one of his own hairs.

He lowered the follicle onto the blade at a perpendicular angle and the hair gave easily splitting without a sound.

What will you do with a straight razor sir one of the men asked this animal may not give in to such a small blade.

The Quartermaster moved to the head of the fallen beast and sliced out its eye which ran down into his hand like a poached egg.

And so now the Quartermaster said,

we’re ready.


Since emigrating to the United States from Romania in 1980 Alex M. Pruteanu has worked as a day laborer, a film projectionist, a music store clerk, a journalist/news writer for the U.S. Information Agency (Voice of America English Broadcasts), a TV Director for MSNBC and CNBC, and a freelance writer. Currently he is the Managing Editor of an education assessment software system at North Carolina State University. He is also a staff writer for The Lit Pub. Alex has published fiction in BRICKrhetoric, F Magazine, Airplane Reading, The Legendary, Camroc Press Review, Girls With Insurance, Trick With a Knife,, The Monarch Review, Connotation Press, Slingshot Litareview, Specter Literary Magazine, Thunderclap Press, and Pank Magazine. He is the author of the novella “Short Lean Cuts,” available as an e-book at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The paperback version is available at Amazon.

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