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How to Kill a Rogue Yard Gnome, Part 3 of 4

Notes: a.)    Part I can be read here. b.)   Part II can be read here. c.)    Sorry, I meant to do this in three installments, but this one was getting long. d.)   For the best reading experience, assume all of the continuity gaffes in … Continue reading

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How to Kill a Rogue Yard Gnome, Part 2

[Part I can be read here.][Note: this story is also being posted on my website Tao of Loafing.] Five nights ago, as the sun sank below the horizon and the glow of vibrant colors faded, we three were visited by a … Continue reading

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How to Kill a Rogue Yard Gnome, Part I

[NOTE: This was also posted on my Tao of Loafing site.] Five nights ago, coming home at days end, nosing my car into the drive, I startled. Where my headlights should have roamed over a patch of bare grass, instead … Continue reading

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Witching Hour in the ER

It was three o’clock in the morning and I was sitting slumped in a vinyl-upholstered chair in the waiting room of an ER. At the risk of offending, let me say that it was, for the most part, a dim … Continue reading

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The War Within

Jake Cray lay reclined in the hospital bed staring up at the ceiling. He was incredulous that his eyes should be welling up. He blamed it on the antiseptic stink that permeated everything here. If you live long enough, you … Continue reading

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An Unlikely Executioner

The beast’s body was in the light, but its head immersed in shadow. It was the body of a man, and would have been a fine body- fit and muscular- were it not for its various grotesqueries. The skin was so taught … Continue reading

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The Bearer of Bad Tidings

A metronomic clack of hard leather soles emanated from pavement behind me. It was a still and quiet night. The streets had been long abandoned for the evening. So when the time between those impacts into the sidewalk became shorter … Continue reading

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Interrogation of a Lunatic

Two men, one in a dark brown suit and one in black, are ushered into the room by the Chief of Psychiatry, who does not enter with them. The room is sparse and contains just one gray metal table, three … Continue reading

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