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Writer Caitlyn C. Cooper
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Caitlyn C. Cooper
Sep 6, 2017
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John Simmons was a mailman by day, park walker by night. Easiest job during the day, easiest hobby at night. And he wouldn't have life any other way. No, sir or madam. No, sir or madam, he wouldn't.copyright protection29PENANAWQytIMxGrE

It was a hot night, a humid night, one where the humidity hung in the air like whip scorpions on strings, and one where the park lamps glowed brighter than the spark from an empty lighter.copyright protection29PENANA4vG81NEJ6N

John didn't not like the heat. But he didn't like the humidity. It wasn't not humid enough, for lack of a better phrasing. Made him feel terrible. He was going to have to cut this walk short. A shame.copyright protection29PENANAuUK6HCizCP

But, he was tired. Bed was calling.copyright protection29PENANAVzGt3pfA5G

He took a fork in the path, and it took him past a homeless man, and he “took” a nap on a bench. Contrary to popular belief, homeless folks don't use newspapers as blankets. They use their contentment.copyright protection29PENANAfacVidJXWP

The walkway ran beside an embankment beside the woods beside his shortcut to the place he resided in. It was dark, but not dark enough to hide. Unless you didn't exist. Which John wasn't afraid of. Not not existing. Of the robbers that didn't exist. Of which there were none.copyright protection29PENANAKrKvyr7Q1J

Robbers.copyright protection29PENANAFWimqlLFWQ

They're not that scary.copyright protection29PENANAmc1y7jLRhI

John's walking buddy didn't think they werecopyright protection29PENANAG1aqxISEyT

waitcopyright protection29PENANAoeQHAg2mWZ

John turned his head toward the embankment and toward the babbling brook and toward the edge of the woods and towardcopyright protection29PENANAdibeQjyCaP

That wasn't there before.copyright protection29PENANAlQQvhnea2N

Right?copyright protection29PENANA4q1U7CaaZ6

Itcopyright protection29PENANA9cplqgEYSO

was a creaturecopyright protection29PENANANeFEKW2Y74

what is that thing?copyright protection29PENANALbvN5CqgNp

which dragged its lower lip across the ground, and slithered as it crawled and died as it accomplished and cried as it lived, and its skin was the color of a deceased ՃҩרɘѨᴟԂ.33Please respect copyright.PENANANZYk9q8nQV
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When John noticed it, he screamed, which caused it to notice him. When it looked at him, its head was six feet from its arms, and then it screamed. So loud that John couldn't hear it. It screamed to loud that the homeless man “didn't” wake from his nap.33Please respect copyright.PENANAZqGUktmRc7
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John ran.copyright protection29PENANAzEF5sLIS1v

He ran.copyright protection29PENANAhosTbLVeHW

He ran so fast.copyright protection29PENANAasKkRcfeH8

Faster. Faster.copyright protection29PENANAIhMnne957a

He ran fast as a horse beating a dead needle.copyright protection29PENANABpz4iLPeZw

But he only got faster.copyright protection29PENANAaaYUuQ7K5P

Fast.copyright protection29PENANASO7EcuTlA0

Fast as an ant carrying the corpse of a dream.copyright protection29PENANAvbq5fJQ4XQ

Fast as an amoeba escaping from an atom of a grain of salt.copyright protection29PENANAB80A3vrafx

Fast as a sloth dreaming about God and all of God's children.copyright protection29PENANA07l7MxBGSc

Fast as a hummingbird running across the trench of play.copyright protection29PENANAHon7uDQlIO

So fast that the world was spinning round and round and round and round and round and round and round and round and round andcopyright protection29PENANAbjWcUZImaX

He did it.copyright protection29PENANATa5eiSMUzE

He really did it.copyright protection29PENANA6g3tox6eSO

He defied all that's possible—he ran till he couldn't see or hear or feel or think anything.copyright protection29PENANA348Zh3ZZp9

Finally. He was out of danger.copyright protection29PENANAXik2wCVjwu

Now John could go to bed. He had to be up early. He had work in the morning.copyright protection29PENANAYCL159zcos

He closed his eyes and went to sleep.copyright protection29PENANA1rxarOdqNC

Goodnight, John. Sleep tight.copyright protection29PENANAzKVUNswIL2

See you in the morning.copyright protection29PENANAdJFZKL8kXx

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