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August 26 , 2007

The One-Hundredth Goliath

a short story


What if Michelangelo carved Goliath instead of David? What would it look like?

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J.A. Baxter is not who he seems. After high school he takes a new name and makes himself into a high-dollar Texas oil man. But when he accidentally kills his trophy wife in a way that looks like murder, he resumes his original identity and hides in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.When he discovers a journal full of riddles that lead to a lost family…

In the rundown squalor of old industrial Albuquerque, New Mexico, the nephew of a modest sculptor awakens from a fifteen-year trance. He had witnessed a David-and-Goliath battle, only Goliath had won. His own half-sister had been the innocent victim, destroyed by a Goliath of a man with the face of his uncle. But his uncle was innocent, and had spent his life mourning the murder of the little girl by carving nothing but replicas of Michelangelo’s Davids.

After the boy awakened, everything changed. He accused his uncle of the murder. Destroyed all his works of David in progress. Acquisitioned the biggest piece of pristine marble in his uncle’s shop and began to create a statue of Goliath worthy of Michelangelo.

When the international art world discovered his work, his reputation skyrocketed. He fed the frenzy by announcing he would create only one hundred Goliaths and no more.

One of the world’s richest men commissioned the final Goliath to scale of Michelangelo’s original David, using a piece of marble too large for his uncle’s studio, so they set it outside. The whole world watched as the boy, now a famous young man, carved the One-Hundredth Goliath.

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