This will be a brief 'un.
Very, very brief.
But I've been reading a lot of Ambrose Bierce recently. He's not very well-known--he's like a lesser-known Stephen Crane. But he did some really good stuff--like O. Henry with teeth. Funny how the War Between the States prompted so much amazing literature.
But so here's a link to one of Bierce's stories that's super-amazing. Enjoy.
Long live brief 'uns!