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Stories of Halloween
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I Guess I’ll See You Next Year
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It was the morning of Halloween when Rhonda opened up her kitchen door, walked in and started cleaning. The boys had made a proper mess of things. Dishes were piled up, the margarine had been left on the counter and the bananas were so dotted with black and brown spots that they could barely be considered edible. And what was that horrible smell?copyright protection12PENANAiPbMGvF3dY16Please respect copyright.PENANAoWAAROu742

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Rhonda sighed as she changed the garbage sack. There was a wicked crick in her neck and her back hurt. Such is the price of getting old she thought to herself. She took the trash out and threw it in the rubbish bin. copyright protection12PENANAlYFFQAwJ4t16Please respect copyright.PENANAPSqqsifXpk

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Mrs. Wiggins, from across the street, was doing the exact same thing. She had a gaggle of boys, too. Mrs. Wiggins was dressed in a baby blue bathrobe and slippers. She hadn't quite gotten her day going from the looks of it. copyright protection12PENANAOmuCpw1MlC16Please respect copyright.PENANAZpgqPJI5G8

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“Hello, Regina,” Rhonda said. “How’s Henry and Matthew?” Henry and Matthew were her two boys. They went to the same school as her Johnny, Mikey and Billy. They played football together and got on very well. So well that their families had spent many a summer day together having barbecues and swim sessions in the Wiggins’ pool. copyright protection12PENANAlvpE0yF0oI16Please respect copyright.PENANA3Mejc43V9J

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Much to her dismay, Mrs. Wiggins didn't return her cordial greeting. Mrs. Wiggins dropped the trash bag she was holding and it split open and spilled rubbish onto the sidewalk. copyright protection12PENANAsZg4oCwnvI16Please respect copyright.PENANAMwD1QQ6TLf

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Regina Wiggins whimpered and ran back into her house with a look of terror on her face. “How very rude,” Rhonda said, but then she thought better of it. “Don't be judgmental,” she muttered to herself.copyright protection12PENANATsYYaNspDK16Please respect copyright.PENANAu2k74aXa4J

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She remembered that Regina suffered from IBS. Irritable Bowel Syndrome. When she felt the need to run to the bathroom she had to go right away or an unfortunate accident was sure to follow. The IBS had taken it’s toll on her poor neighbor. Aged her prematurely. copyright protection12PENANApVfDKLR9W516Please respect copyright.PENANANhq7puimFm

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Being the good neighbor that she was, Rhonda cleaned up the trash that Regina had spilled onto the sidewalk. She decided that she would bring Regina a nice cup of tea later and find out if she was all right. But not until she finished cleaning that dreadful kitchen.copyright protection12PENANA17sLnCTfkp16Please respect copyright.PENANAPgPgoeKGBq

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She filled the sink with suds and water and began cleaning the dishes. Most of he kitchen had been put back in order, but there was still a dreadful smell coming from something. One of the boys had probably dropped a piece of fruit behind the trash can. It wasn't unusual. copyright protection12PENANAj9qR4ezMvH16Please respect copyright.PENANAPrmEIKTsrv

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The clinking and clanking from her cleaning of the dishes awoke her husband Eddie. Eddie walked into the kitchen and he paused at the door. He looked at Rhonda for what seemed an eternity, but was actually no more than a few seconds. copyright protection12PENANAA5gUYDZCQe16Please respect copyright.PENANAfFWBkEle7N

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The look on his face was one of bewilderment and worry. “Well hello to you, too, dear,” Rhonda said. “Are you hungry?” she asked. “Have a seat and I'll make you a bite.”copyright protection12PENANAimS7W9i9kK16Please respect copyright.PENANAr0UoCe2Yt9

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Eddie stood there in his boxers and white tee shirt intently watching his wife of twenty seven years. His eyes were wide and his wispy, white hair was out of place. He took a step backwards. copyright protection12PENANA4CAseBU5c916Please respect copyright.PENANAijUcHwrKuV

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“Sit down if you want some breakfast, Eddie,” Rhonda said again. Eddie took a step forward and paused. He took another sheepish step. “Sit down, you unusual man,” she instructed him again. copyright protection12PENANAFiJufzhPpH16Please respect copyright.PENANA1IFWVnsm7X

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Eddie pulled a chair out and sat at the table. Eddie’s eyes never left Rhonda as she stepped over to him, bent down and kissed him on the forehead. Eddie’s brow wrinkled in horror and confusion.copyright protection12PENANA05bwqNZTIB16Please respect copyright.PENANAWqCCmx0PU7

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Rhonda grabbed a skillet that she had just washed and sat it on the stove. She walked to the refrigerator and shook her head when she opened it. “My word,” she said. “I really need to go grocery shopping. It's as bare as bones in the ice box.”copyright protection12PENANASfVb6RKzHo16Please respect copyright.PENANAWxuy9R59HZ

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She pulled out an egg carton and opened it. There were only two of them in it. Clicking her tongue, she took the two eggs and sat them next to the skillet. She ignited the burner and put a wee bit of olive oil into the skillet. Before long the two eggs were sizzling.copyright protection12PENANAOxlI0eR3pQ16Please respect copyright.PENANAuBoZayQfIy

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“I would make you some toast, but it seems we are out of bread,” she said. Eddie watched her in silence. When the eggs were finished she dished them onto a plate and sat them in front of her husband. He just stared down at plate of eggs. Every now and then he would look up at his wife, who was now sitting across from him.copyright protection12PENANAC1G7sU2H7Q16Please respect copyright.PENANAnlMLkWkbc2

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“Well eat them,” she said with an annoyed tone. “Would a thank you and a good morning be too much to ask?”copyright protection12PENANAmXUsnoFECr16Please respect copyright.PENANAW2VIOgF9rS

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Eddie shook his head. “Thank you, dear,” he replied. “And good… good morning.” He picked up his fork and began to put small bites into his mouth. He chewed, but all the while he never took his eyes off of Rhonda. copyright protection12PENANAfhhDiV2wru16Please respect copyright.PENANAmLZhuOy9XZ

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“I swear,” she said, “everyone has forgotten their manners today. It must have something to do with it being Halloween.”copyright protection12PENANAn6kQqGME5p16Please respect copyright.PENANA0YU0gpOOyL

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Eddie just nodded his head. The look of worry and confusion hadn't left his face. He took a few more bites of his egg. copyright protection12PENANAvGtXMKMgGg16Please respect copyright.PENANAJ5wE5M3TAC

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“Well what is on your mind?” she said to him. “I can see something is bothering you. Out with it then.”copyright protection12PENANA5sMMKKMYLi16Please respect copyright.PENANAGOuctzYwtz

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He sat his fork down and looked at her intently. “How?” he asked gingerly. copyright protection12PENANAhnDE4xsseT16Please respect copyright.PENANAUlDoy6YxDs

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“How?” Rhonda asked. “How what?”copyright protection12PENANAbIwaQKVJMX16Please respect copyright.PENANACLHfafm9NZ

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“How are you here right now?”copyright protection12PENANA5N2qw9xZ2B16Please respect copyright.PENANADOGl4RAq1n

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“What kind of question is that? I live here.”copyright protection12PENANAgemBb51FgU16Please respect copyright.PENANAVBCCWHtx8v

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“But, but…”copyright protection12PENANAVrRgberGyn16Please respect copyright.PENANAR7KtJGbddj

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“But nothing. I live here. What kind of question is that? I swear, Eddie, old age is finally getting to you. Making your mind soft.”copyright protection12PENANAmQ24hPiS9v16Please respect copyright.PENANAOTBznlfyyt

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Eddie picked up his fork again and took another bite. He sat the fork back down on the plate. “I don't know what's going on right now.”copyright protection12PENANAaLYM5ozuQ216Please respect copyright.PENANAsHH3g4owDX

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“You are sitting with your wife having breakfast,” she said to him. “As pathetic of a breakfast it is. I apologize for letting the shopping lax.”copyright protection12PENANA4xh1UD9vqX16Please respect copyright.PENANA10ZI3gMsMq

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“I'm the one who does the shopping now,” Eddie replied. “I don't keep much here. I eat out most nights.”copyright protection12PENANA0u5THm4KV616Please respect copyright.PENANA7Qm7zqolTb

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Rhonda rolled her eyes and stood up. She walked over to the garbage can and looked behind it. “Do you smell that?” she asked. “It smells like something's gone rancid.”copyright protection12PENANA8ITRlhFngY16Please respect copyright.PENANA6f1tmATLWM

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She searched the kitchen for a few minutes. Her husband stared at her the whole time. His look of worry turned to one of wonder. Then his wonder turned to seriousness. His eyes hung on the floor while she searched for what was rotten. copyright protection12PENANAlSCZ5EyWPC16Please respect copyright.PENANAXdtZGQAzBw

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“I bet Mikey left a piece of fruit out,” she said. “It wouldn't be the first time and it won't be the last.”copyright protection12PENANAskWVG77nl216Please respect copyright.PENANA1HwuHckiMW

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“Mikey doesn't live here anymore, babe,” Eddie answered. “None of the boys do.”copyright protection12PENANASb4djSUJmY16Please respect copyright.PENANAx0Q3uygPQ3

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“Nonsense,” she replied.copyright protection12PENANAUowP1dPjtN16Please respect copyright.PENANAZKMPOho56e

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“Mikey is off in college now,” he said. “Johnny is in the army and Billy is working at the DMV. He has a family of his own now.”copyright protection12PENANAsqyMNjLgb916Please respect copyright.PENANAkv77lVoJ1v

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“Ha ha. Very funny,” she said with no amount of amusement in her voice. copyright protection12PENANAykFxPePdIR16Please respect copyright.PENANAwmSDtezSXA

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“I'm telling you the truth, babe,” he said. copyright protection12PENANARs7p43YVOR16Please respect copyright.PENANAhwq9aUnJNl

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Rhonda grabbed the small pad that sat on top of the refrigerator and grabbed a pen. She started making a shopping list. “Is there anything you need from the market? Razors? A new toothbrush?” she asked. copyright protection12PENANABc3UJZZzIl16Please respect copyright.PENANAYskoCvj0f6

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“Sweetheart,” he said, “you have to listen to me.”copyright protection12PENANAP3Y1YT29Di16Please respect copyright.PENANAW8vhx7MQ81

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“I don't have time for your nonsense,” she replied. “I have to get the house in order before the boys get home.”copyright protection12PENANAupnh8naUkY16Please respect copyright.PENANA3z3yRBFDrN

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“Baby, the boy's ain't coming home,” he said, “I told you. They don't live here no more.”copyright protection12PENANAwbf1fpfky316Please respect copyright.PENANAzGIDezeUcF

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This time she slammed the yellow pad she was writing on down on the counter. “Enough with this nonsense, Eddie!” she declared. “I have enough to do without you adding to the list with your foolish pranks! I need to go to the market and get groceries and Halloween candy for the kids in the neighborhood. Now are you going to make yourself useful and help me or are you going to sit there and continue to be a horse’s ass?”copyright protection12PENANAt0nutzvPOF16Please respect copyright.PENANAeiQXV4w9YJ

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Finally finding the courage, he stood up and walked over to his wife. He gently put his hand on her shoulders and turned her around to face him. “Babe,” he said quietly, “you've been dead for twelve years.”copyright protection12PENANAGy694rKWWf16Please respect copyright.PENANAu2fk0apwkn

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She lifted her eyes to meet his. “Rhonda,” he said, “honey, you've been dead for twelve years.”copyright protection12PENANA5nhVsE1Xhs16Please respect copyright.PENANAbvNqQNBfjV

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Rhonda pushed him away. “Enough of your tomfoolery!” She cried out and then went back to writing her list. copyright protection12PENANA7dUmLP5TfD16Please respect copyright.PENANAZJ5MaVzMbT

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He put his hand on hers and stopped her from writing. “I'm not fooling you,  babe,” Eddie told her. “You got in a car accident after you dropped the kids off for school. Twelve years ago today.”copyright protection12PENANALs1Ny9T61W16Please respect copyright.PENANAWok1buXLh9

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She put her pad down and sat the pen on top of it. What was he saying to her? Then suddenly it came back to her. Just like Eddie had said, she had been driving to the market after dropping off the boys and a van came out of nowhere and hit her station wagon. Then there was nothing but blackness. Until earlier when she walked into the kitchen. copyright protection12PENANAeGWgOeKAxc16Please respect copyright.PENANAm2pG3Ab1ls

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Pulling out a chair for his wife, Eddie sat her down and then sat on the edge of the table. She looked confused. Almost as confused as Eddie did. “Okay,” she said in barely a  whisper. “Okay. Will you help me find what that horrible smell is, Eddie? And then I'll go back to where I came from.”copyright protection12PENANAWVZ6ru2N4S16Please respect copyright.PENANAz3UYJYyVZU

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Eddie nodded. “I would help you with anything, darling,” Eddie replied. “But I think what you are smelling is yourself. You been in the grave a long time.”copyright protection12PENANAwCpaiwn8wH16Please respect copyright.PENANA8D12BK0aFZ

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“He’s right, mom,” came a voice from the entrance to the kitchen. It was Mikey. There he stood, grown and handsome. Beside him stood Billy. He was much older than he was the last time she saw him.copyright protection12PENANAvgQ4CqqbKo16Please respect copyright.PENANAbyIcAkXBuD

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“My boys!” Eddie cried as he ran over to hug them. “When did you get here?” copyright protection12PENANAxqdaoNfRq716Please respect copyright.PENANA1AIKNj4LUz

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Billy returned his embrace. “We got here a few minutes ago. It took us a few minutes to process what was going on, so we just sat quiet in the hallway.”copyright protection12PENANAPuHPc98qYz16Please respect copyright.PENANACvwlfjFk4A

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“We figured you could use a few minutes alone,” Mikey added. “To sort things out.”copyright protection12PENANA3FxrWxrCYD16Please respect copyright.PENANALVphgEBWYG

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“Oh,” Eddie replied. “Where’s Johnny?”copyright protection12PENANAlUoli4Kt0116Please respect copyright.PENANAoHLNZ1sBXr

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“Johnny couldn't be here, pa,” Billy replied. “He's living overseas now. You know that.”copyright protection12PENANAzkXH6A10mK16Please respect copyright.PENANAtdqe0qgt2e

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“Oh yeah,” their father replied. copyright protection12PENANAPvqw8VajRq16Please respect copyright.PENANA2QBt5CTl5V

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The boys turned their attention to their mother. “Hi, ma,” they both said. They took turns giving her a long hug. copyright protection12PENANAUL6z39xqYY16Please respect copyright.PENANA8IxKbCm5Yr

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“I don't know how I got here,” their mother said to them. copyright protection12PENANAUorFOzvPJn16Please respect copyright.PENANAMoDj8OWuUU

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“It don't matter,” Billy said softly. “But you can't be here anymore. It isn't right.”copyright protection12PENANAJpedDyQL2M16Please respect copyright.PENANAhhdUBlJxQE

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Mikey took his mother’s decaying hand into his own. “You need to go be at rest again, ma,” he said. copyright protection12PENANAw0aEjnRM8t16Please respect copyright.PENANAEylStXedu4

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“Okay,” Rhonda relied. She knew he was right. She didn't know where he came from, but she knew it wasn't natural for her to be where she was now.copyright protection12PENANAI4ZShCR4KF16Please respect copyright.PENANAum7PeAMsOh

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Billy opened the back door and motioned for her to follow him. Holding Mikey’s hand all the while, she did. The four of them walked out into the back yard. Under a tall tree there was a hole dug in the ground. There was a wooden cross at the head of the hole. “That's where you came from, ma,” Mikey said to her. copyright protection12PENANAgY99peFpaY16Please respect copyright.PENANAX4s4UGFG9t

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“I'm buried in the back yard?” she asked. copyright protection12PENANAjX4ZIZ0QMM16Please respect copyright.PENANAoP8QU3xzKG

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“We had you in the cemetery for a while,” Billy answered, “but every year on Halloween you would dig your way out of your grave and make your way back here. It got to be a real hassle sneaking you back into the graveyard, so here you lay.”copyright protection12PENANAQ1yTskcuXA16Please respect copyright.PENANAK5dTV8WtIG

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They all sat and just stared in silence for a few moments. Rhonda broke the silence. “I guess it's time for me to go,” she said. copyright protection12PENANA3dbOtoZYgz16Please respect copyright.PENANAnq4Aj0Jgtr

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The boys and their father nodded. They boys took two shovels that were there waiting for them and turned the hole into a nice, deep, rectangular grave. copyright protection12PENANANQKlc1ByhH16Please respect copyright.PENANAluYp5iqOzU

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They all said their goodbyes and their mother climbed into the freshly dug grave. As soon as she laid back in the dirt her eyes closed and she was gone once again. The life had slipped from her. copyright protection12PENANAH0FicFmISU16Please respect copyright.PENANAe8kdypwYe5

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“How did you boys know? Why did you come here? You aren't playing hooky from school are you, Mikey?” Eddie asked. copyright protection12PENANAjdAe7JCoRY16Please respect copyright.PENANA9OFu2dUyc8

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“No, pa,” Mikey replied. “I'm not playing hooky from school. I haven't been in college for ten years. I graduated. I have a family of my own now.”copyright protection12PENANA85PT1PQYrm16Please respect copyright.PENANAGX5mr7zlGM

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Eddie’s brow furrowed once again. “What?” he asked. “You just enrolled last year! You couldn't be done already!”copyright protection12PENANAA3YzFQLX5E16Please respect copyright.PENANAzdmEzOM99s

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“Billy patted his pa on the back. “It's true, pa,” he said. He's been out for years now.”copyright protection12PENANAjXYTLXAizG16Please respect copyright.PENANAetnB7XpU7y

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“This is insane!” Eddie exclaimed. “This whole morning has been bonkers!”copyright protection12PENANAauOTqVEcSo16Please respect copyright.PENANAGIe4jm2Iga

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“It has, pa” Billy answered. “It is every year.”copyright protection12PENANAl675LSvhoS16Please respect copyright.PENANAbt7pxrMA92

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“Every year?” Eddie said. “It ain't ever been like this! I would have remembered a morning this whacky!”copyright protection12PENANAvqFRPKYbpn16Please respect copyright.PENANAfKWnauOW4Y

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Mikey turned his father a half turn and nodded towards the east end of their back yard. A hole, not unlike the one Rhonda has come from sat there waiting. “It happens every year, pa,” Mikey replied. “We don't know why, but it does.”copyright protection12PENANAfp5D6xrIFs16Please respect copyright.PENANAhJ6d6hIVdM

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“Naw,” Eddie responded, shaken. “Naw it can't be right.” He looked at his hands. There was no decomposition of the skin like Rhonda had. There was no stink on him like there was on her. copyright protection12PENANAn3NRjE7r1E16Please respect copyright.PENANAg8BnmIE4ES

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“It is, pa,” Billy answered. “You died six years ago. Had a heart attack at the factory. On Halloween morning. Just like ma.”copyright protection12PENANAO4qIWsrzsl16Please respect copyright.PENANA40PFobo3g2

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“But that ain't right,” Eddie muttered. “I ain't rotten like she was.”copyright protection12PENANAs6nv9iFKFx16Please respect copyright.PENANA544VKt69xn

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“It's true, pa,” Mikey said. He put his arm around his father’s shoulders and led him to the hole. “Every year on Halloween you and ma both come back. We don't know why. You just do. And we don't know why you aren't rotten. We can't figure that out.”copyright protection12PENANAZIbo7S6bGf16Please respect copyright.PENANAkcmp76Sefp

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Eddie’s look of confusion turned to one of acceptance. “Well it is what is I guess. It was good seeing you boys again. You know your mother and I love you dearly.”copyright protection12PENANARh8tJl1DZ816Please respect copyright.PENANAkLUGa2M3g2

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“We know,” Billy replied. “We love you, too.”copyright protection12PENANAJtT59yC7ST16Please respect copyright.PENANAh1FcIQevTv

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The boys took their shovels and dug the grave while their father watched. When it was finished Eddie walked over to it and said, “I guess I'll see you next year,” he and the boys both laughed uncomfortably and Eddie jumped into the hole they had dug. As soon as his feet touched the dirt of the grave his body fell limp and lifeless once again. For another year at least. copyright protection12PENANAoxefIBfM4q16Please respect copyright.PENANAbRhR3ZHiuA

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