They arrived last night. They wanted to kill because they all had knives. We said hello and shook hands with them. I wasn’t thinking of anything. I just did it. I didn’t realize until later that many of them were criminally insane. Hence the bad weather, the hunger, the kids dying in the countryside. Every time we thought we had shut the siren o , the siren sounded again. We were all in shock and those who could lie on the floor did so. The rest of us sat outside and drank tea by the fire. There was a feeling of sharing a story. I wouldn’t have turned down wild dragon blood if it were offered. Shadows sufficed for the real thing.
Howie Good is the author of The Loser’s Guide to Street Fighting, winner of the 2017 Lorien Prize from ThoughtCrime Press. He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely.