Just beyond an imposing iron gate and a thicket of cascading willows, there existed an Eden of endless amusement known as Wimborne Manor.
It was there, on acres of lush emerald grass, where I grew up, running, playing croquet, rolling down fields blanketed in buttercups, and chasing fountain koi with fallen twigs…
In Christopher’s story of the Tusk, taxidermy is used to conjure up a whole world of the privileged way of life in which the main character lived until the age of 16. The scene from his father’s office, which abounds in stuffed, wall-mounted animals, is the moment in which the hero himself encounters the essence of privileged origin, which is far from the life he lives in the present.
Christopher O’Meara is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Animals call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Animals issue.