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The Wisdom of Solomon

By Alan McCormick & Jonny Voss.


Solomon King lay on the hem of the ocean, the sea tickling his toes. He watched his father with his giant flask of popcorn, his wife with her billowing cornetto hair, and his children, Posy, Mabel, Greta and Sidney paddling in the shallows and he wondered to himself how he got here and where he was going.

The moon turned and the waves pulled back to reveal a little man in a pink wetsuit burrowing into the sand.

‘He must have been here all the time’, thought Solomon. ‘I need to ask him what he wants.’

Suddenly a flock of seagulls fell from the sky. They snatched the popcorn from his father’s flask, and then rained them like crap confetti all over everyone and everything. Solomon looked down, the water was creeping over his toes and the little man in the wetsuit was gone.


Dogsbodies and Scumsters, a collection of Alan McCormick‘s stories and Jonny Voss‘ illustrations, is available now on Roast Books. See more of their work at Scumsters and Dogsbodies & Scumsters. You can also view an interactive animation by Raimar Oestreich on YouTube based on a Scumster short originally posted on 3:AM in October 2009: ‘Cancer Bob and the YoYo.’

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Thursday, August 18th, 2011.