The Heart is the sixth of ten short stories published as a collection by writer and filmmaker Christopher J. Aran in his book titled, Awake While Dreaming.
The story examines the aftermath of a heartbreak.
Darkness. Its hold on the nighttime sky is running short as the hint of morning kisses the edge of the horizon. A warehouse stands alone along the roadside, its bolted doors and windows sprayed with dust by the passing winds. One door, still hidden from the dawns quickening reach, is cracked open.
Inside, the track of something being dragged through the dirt and dust can be traced deep inside the warehouse. Handprints decorate the edges of the snakelike shape as it moves past towering shelves of abandoned knobs and widgets long forgotten. So close to him. Strain your ears and you can hear the dragging. The sound of clothes scratching years of filth along the stone floor. Close enough now to hear a whining, a wheezing. A pair of lungs struggles with the thickness of the air. Around the farthest row of shelves, deep in the warehouse, the trail ends.
Kneeling on the floor, a broad back and massive shoulders labor to breathe. They stretch wide as they rise. They shrink as they collapse into themselves. Somewhere in this heap of flesh was once a man …