What do you get when you mix a haggard old ghost who is severely ill with nostalgia with the end of the world? You get Dreamers and Thieves, by S. R. Schuch. That is I. I am he. Thomas is dead. He is an old, old soul who just cannot bear to take himself to Heaven, even though that is where all the people are. But, they’re not the same there. They are happy and healthy and eternal. Thomas misses Humans as they were on Earth: emotional, struggling, surviving. He misses them being alive. He saw himself through them, seeing as he was once one of them. Now, they are all gone, and dead, and scattered about the scorched Earth like rotten sprinkles on a big, rotting cake that floats through space. Thomas has lost almost all hope in ever finding life again. His hope is fragile and fleeting, as are his ghostly emotions, which go up and down, up and down. He roams and roams the broken Earth in hopes of finding life when he sees something he hasn’t seen in ages. He sees the Sun poking its blazing face through a pinhole in the blackened, neon, toxic pudding clouds. He hasn’t seen the glory of the Sun in years upon years, not since bombs dropped from all corners of the globe. He knows this is something. He hopes and he prays. He hopes and he prays. The sight tickles his dying hope, which is something that he desperately needs to keep roaming, roaming, roaming, and he instantly knows how he is going to spend his day: he is going to wait out the sight of the Sunrise or Sunset, which ever comes first, and as he waits, he is going to tell you a little story about what could have been, what should have been; the story is about his best friend. His best friend was Victor Connelly. He is dead now. Thomas is nostalgic, sick with memories and ghostly emotions. He and I are the same in that sense. We are ill with emotions that go up and down, up and down, and we both had to do something about it. This is that something.
Shane R. Schuch is a Human, like most other Humans. He used to write music, a lot. Now, he writes stories, rather, tries to, a lot. He is originally from Tampa, Florida. He has two children and a fiancé. He loves them. He and they currently live in Saint Petersburg, FL.
To put it simply... Incredible read.
Descriptive, thorough, pulse pounding and heart wrenching.