Part 3 of Many
Archaic and without substance my thoughts tremble and flutter. Senses and perceptions becoming strained from overuse is often recurring. The ground it shakes and breaks away senselessly. Violent cancers storm forth in the bodies of the overworked. Eyes, oh god, tired eyes rolling and seeing all the same things.
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____It came to him one day when he was buttering his toast. That he should do something about the weeds in the front yard. Something had to be done and that was it. The riding lawnmower had broken down and was parked semi-permanently sixteen feet from the side of the house. The weeds now grew over the lawnmower much to the dismay of his neighbor Brent. Brent's wife had told him it was ridiculous and he really should contact the authorities. Brent thought to be more reasonable, and despite his wife's pleas wrote a letter for Mr. Walter Stevens, the tenant of the tidy cottage house. They had shared a beer in the summer, when Mr. Stevens was more jovial. Since then the relationship had grown more tense and bizarre due to a few nights Mr. Stevens had ran past their dining room window as they were enjoying dinner. Now this normally tolerable offense was amplified by the fact that Mr. Stevens was wearing an adult diaper, and only an adult diaper. To Brent and his wife this seemed like dementia, an old man in his late years losing control. It was when Mr. Stevens stopped and looked at them from the patio doors very close to where they were seated that it became an offensive act. Brent started to get up as Mr. Stevens screamed like an infant, spraying spit onto the clean glass. His hand then reached into the back of the diaper and the old man threw at lump of his own slimy excrement at the window, Brent and his wife both flinched with faces turned in disgust, Mr. Stevens laughed hysterically. He threw his hands into the air and ran back home.
____ Since then Brent and Jill Anderson had spoken with Mr. Stevens brother Mortimer his only surviving relative. Mortimer was 73 and still a quite bright man. Brent was watering his lawn when Mortimer arrived in his luxury sedan and began climbing the steps. Brent waved him over and told him of Mr. Stevens recent turn in behavior. Mortimer was dumbfounded. He had visited his brother regularly and had not noticed anything perculiar, and even claimed he did not know his brother to ever wear an adult diaper. Brent scratched his head in disbelief, Mortimer gave his number and said to call the next time something happened. Since then Mr. Stevens became a recluse shutting up his windows and throwing trash bags out his back door. The local cats and raccoons had found a feasting ground. The Andersons could hear the animals fighting in gluttonous rage every night. Brent had to start locking their own trash cans after a few nights of being toppled over by what could only be a mutant raccoon the size of a Geo Metro.
____This time Brent called the local authorities to complain about this problem. An hour later an officer arrived and spoke with Mr. Stevens through a screen door. Mr. Stevens seemed to be polite. The officer seemed satisfied as he walked away. Brent and Jill were pulling the blinds open to see from a window when Mr. Stevens stared directly at them and gave a smirk as he shut the door.
____Country music was playing outside the gas station where Mr. Stevens was standing and filling a gas can next to his car. He through it in the trunk next to a large bundle of dish rags. He drove home nearly missing hitting a freakishly large raccoon on the way.
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