Life is Hard, CupcakeIt will beat you senseless and pile on like hungry dogs to keep you from ever getting up. That ain't cynicism, either. Just true. Won't be a matter of what's fair or right or expected. Don't matter how rich you are, pretty you are, or how tough you had it growing up.
Nobody cares. Nobody will help.
Everybody in this whole world gets pushed. Tested. Held to the fire. They pick up stakes and head home. Cry to mama. It's easy to fold when you're staring down the barrel of something scary enough to make your bowels turn to water. Quitting is easy.
It's what the Fat Cats expect. The bullies, the landlords, the ass-kissing backstabbing middle-managers at whatever soul-destroying job you have to endure. They all expect you to work within the system, even though it's designed to work against you. Shut up and lay down. Take a fall.
These are stories about people who tasted canvas and got up. People who took a few lumps and came back swinging. Don't call them underdogs.
Overdogs is the new short-story collection from best-selling author Bernard Schaffer