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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 protection20PENANAhtRIH4b5aV

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 protection20PENANApt5ElFzY1S

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 protection20PENANA3xJeXWC20X

But, he was tired. Bed was calling.copyright protection20PENANA2irT18Yde9

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 protection20PENANA8DCdiXSRVU

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 protection20PENANAKZstdppQsq

Robbers.copyright protection20PENANAOuIfoJonWC

They're not that scary.copyright protection20PENANAw5g8iy6bq1

John's walking buddy didn't think they werecopyright protection20PENANA6a1zDfY35r

waitcopyright protection20PENANAtTVc8kVxHS

John turned his head toward the embankment and toward the babbling brook and toward the edge of the woods and towardcopyright protection20PENANA9dXpmgYsso

That wasn't there before.copyright protection20PENANAuzyv8cK6fP

Right?copyright protection20PENANAxJJtVSORpv

Itcopyright protection20PENANAJzJHZ5YXxq

was a creaturecopyright protection20PENANAm1ZUx76hem

what is that thing?copyright protection20PENANA7M5Rg1J4S8

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.24Please respect copyright.PENANAv3Q5CeY491
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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.24Please respect copyright.PENANAtpFde00ayF
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John ran.copyright protection20PENANApURvL8wvcp

He ran.copyright protection20PENANADM1m6l3vDI

He ran so fast.copyright protection20PENANArmKp4GUVIH

Faster. Faster.copyright protection20PENANA08CRDo0aTc

He ran fast as a horse beating a dead needle.copyright protection20PENANAzxZAT6WXBA

But he only got faster.copyright protection20PENANAF2Wqs16mWP

Fast.copyright protection20PENANA4WXHOA5OKZ

Fast as an ant carrying the corpse of a dream.copyright protection20PENANA1kw1Vp7RmJ

Fast as an amoeba escaping from an atom of a grain of salt.copyright protection20PENANAr2LnsdpzAl

Fast as a sloth dreaming about God and all of God's children.copyright protection20PENANAoFiln7WsWH

Fast as a hummingbird running across the trench of play.copyright protection20PENANArX1XZWn7OK

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 protection20PENANAQfMCDfQ2Or

He did it.copyright protection20PENANAod6HytOvWK

He really did it.copyright protection20PENANAdoIfmIcJP0

He defied all that's possible—he ran till he couldn't see or hear or feel or think anything.copyright protection20PENANAuGghjTw9Wl

Finally. He was out of danger.copyright protection20PENANABlyH27bRC8

Now John could go to bed. He had to be up early. He had work in the morning.copyright protection20PENANABQwk5T2hDS

He closed his eyes and went to sleep.copyright protection20PENANAi7zyoSsU2p

Goodnight, John. Sleep tight.copyright protection20PENANAgDKOlNVxEy

See you in the morning.copyright protection20PENANAGfocAt5DLJ

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