*Side note 2: Everything Dies is a song by Type-O Negative off their excellent 1999 album, World Coming Down. Type-O Negative’s bassist/vocalist/primary songwriter, may he rest in peace, is Peter Steele who passed away suddenly from an aortic aneurysm (or massive heart attack) so my MC’s name is obviously an homage to him. My intention here was to write something I imagined Mr. Steele would enjoy reading, something that would’ve brought a smile to his face. If there is anything “after” my hope is that it did just that.
So here is a very short excerpt from Everything Dies...
There was no real way for him to know though, now that he thought about it, he had never seen her go anywhere. After forty-five minutes he finally gave up assuming there no knock would be forthcoming from the boys in blue so he started up the stairs to get the carnage washed off himself. Oh well, he thought, it probably wasn’t worth all the trouble anyway. He could always write a better version later immortalizing his nosy neighbor in all of her ridiculous glory.
Peter was about halfway up the stairs when finally he heard a knock that froze him in his tracks with a giant grin. Old Ms Silver had come through after all! He practically raced to the front door whipping it open with a thousand watt smile to greet the police. There he stood in front of his wide open door smiling at nothing but the black night air outside. What the hell? He thought, Am I going nuts? Someone did knock, right? He stood in the doorway thoroughly confused when he heard the knock again. It hadn’t come from his front door but the back. This was just downright weird, he thought. Why would the cops come to the back door?
“You kids stop fooling around and go home!” He yelled out hoping that would be enough to scare off whatever neighborhood kids were pulling a prank on the new guy on the block.
Peter cocked his head listening intently but heard no scampering of little feet nor any other noise. He shook his head closing the door then everything went black.
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