The Anonymous

Avatar Author: RicoLaser Another Ficlets refugee. Collaborated on the unfinished, late, lamented (at least by me) Lake Derry Murders story with a fine writer whose name I'm ashamed to say escapes me right now. I live in Los Angeles and I'm an ... Read Bio

A fine circular firing squad indeed. Everybody looking at each other, shameface to shameface. The usual sordid assortment of sorries, enough mangled lives and cyanide dreams to fill a De Sade dream novel, and we all just stared at each other for the longest goddamn time.

There was this guy – he had on a suit that was just way too big for him, and there was a Kool dangling from his lips while he talked. He looked like Peter Lorre or something. Big eyes, little body. Lean. Tattooed. He’d seen things. Things with wings and claws and a void in their eyes. Things that came from someplace most people didn’t know about. His voice sounded like a straight razor slashing through velvet.

“We are all afraid,” he said. “We are all imperfect and so is everyone. But we have to own this, we have no choice, because our imperfections are the most unspeakable.”

There was a fat man two seats down from me. He was crying into his beard.

“My name is Hal Lofton,” rasped the little man in the big suit. “And I am a pedophile.”

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  1. Avatar Scott

    You squeezed a lot of impact out of your 1024 characters here. Well done.

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