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Stories of Halloween
Writer TylerDoak
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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 protection17PENANAGi8HlysQed21Please respect copyright.PENANAnk09uMqVpT

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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 protection17PENANAuOlP7QuGPk21Please respect copyright.PENANAH3qIdVuDQU

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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 protection17PENANAT3X2BUrY3S21Please respect copyright.PENANAfATGj6BOJs

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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 protection17PENANAbVvOtJLBqz21Please respect copyright.PENANAqHoknHqYva

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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 protection17PENANAGaqntNbCFG21Please respect copyright.PENANAsytRSQyjP4

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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 protection17PENANA0EBDzYSoM521Please respect copyright.PENANAfFdIw6z5qo

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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 protection17PENANAIX2k5IpX9621Please respect copyright.PENANAy7SMQpSpui

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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 protection17PENANALZ31IUKfW521Please respect copyright.PENANAt8SlUILN7f

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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 protection17PENANAulvebiyZYg21Please respect copyright.PENANAtobmK64vTc

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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 protection17PENANABE8F87PlwV21Please respect copyright.PENANAf7wrugyyLr

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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 protection17PENANA31ejEZicvw21Please respect copyright.PENANADHia9MrHld

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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 protection17PENANAxltOxJg2xI21Please respect copyright.PENANAzR6S1fEsW0

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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 protection17PENANAJhnU6ae3MT21Please respect copyright.PENANAH64NY52DxZ

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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 protection17PENANA7mSR7NgR0R21Please respect copyright.PENANA2n06bYcdCK

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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 protection17PENANAMPL2PTPyjF21Please respect copyright.PENANAXZEX6QWi4y

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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 protection17PENANAq8gACVQhO921Please respect copyright.PENANAZeJEcPu88y

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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 protection17PENANA9c8bUrkp0k21Please respect copyright.PENANAoHb8lnYQw6

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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 protection17PENANA05wZyaNWEa21Please respect copyright.PENANAhNssVNQTDm

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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 protection17PENANADAD6MEcSwz21Please respect copyright.PENANAmCaP55CVZg

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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 protection17PENANAuMWRxU7IdN21Please respect copyright.PENANAyLFJBKPdGO

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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 protection17PENANAIRgnbMAG6K21Please respect copyright.PENANAVHQBqrlfF2

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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 protection17PENANAoHKMfIXtR121Please respect copyright.PENANAcNO2petKu9

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He sat his fork down and looked at her intently. “How?” he asked gingerly. copyright protection17PENANAiBXOnpS4ZE21Please respect copyright.PENANA0T0PWp4qay

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“How?” Rhonda asked. “How what?”copyright protection17PENANA9hT1KR60pR21Please respect copyright.PENANAmwdmm9MrAW

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“How are you here right now?”copyright protection17PENANA3T7pCh13p621Please respect copyright.PENANAWjoaGLkscU

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“What kind of question is that? I live here.”copyright protection17PENANAywg1QNSAcN21Please respect copyright.PENANAgBpFL5q5yC

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“But, but…”copyright protection17PENANANJGb0hk7Zt21Please respect copyright.PENANAZtBp8muzs3

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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 protection17PENANAfKbVbReUyB21Please respect copyright.PENANAydn9Cww75Y

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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 protection17PENANAl8yl48cNAD21Please respect copyright.PENANAdlVBvx72Fd

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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 protection17PENANABvGVfegf5I21Please respect copyright.PENANAaV65wCDDFi

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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 protection17PENANACrnZl9z79321Please respect copyright.PENANAWTk3YQGCtl

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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 protection17PENANAFkUx8Hs5Gb21Please respect copyright.PENANAHRl1UjRBWl

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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 protection17PENANAVy2vHJj4Go21Please respect copyright.PENANA7IbsK6MCHI

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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 protection17PENANAxz7azq8Iie21Please respect copyright.PENANAelbpOVwBxd

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“Mikey doesn't live here anymore, babe,” Eddie answered. “None of the boys do.”copyright protection17PENANAr5QawK2F6Z21Please respect copyright.PENANArs6CRUyow5

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“Nonsense,” she replied.copyright protection17PENANAbTyZXitKl221Please respect copyright.PENANAp1WvDOqccW

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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 protection17PENANAYNAxppHsmz21Please respect copyright.PENANAvVFrqjgQvs

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“Ha ha. Very funny,” she said with no amount of amusement in her voice. copyright protection17PENANA3pLbuIPkH821Please respect copyright.PENANAuQO9hfsy6X

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“I'm telling you the truth, babe,” he said. copyright protection17PENANAuBbXWJnAKx21Please respect copyright.PENANAk8q9hIoKgu

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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 protection17PENANAX3pUVDgcz521Please respect copyright.PENANAC4L3d3LBN1

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“Sweetheart,” he said, “you have to listen to me.”copyright protection17PENANAWLkT5jk78721Please respect copyright.PENANAlbV6e99ZLX

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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 protection17PENANAl8y1aAFWYS21Please respect copyright.PENANAOUAK0PTaOF

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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 protection17PENANAfJkq1kvWAO21Please respect copyright.PENANAW4lxPmmIwb

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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 protection17PENANAvxt9kgSrpK21Please respect copyright.PENANAP10ayPwVy3

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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 protection17PENANApSSmSPussy21Please respect copyright.PENANA4XI58hVFdt

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She lifted her eyes to meet his. “Rhonda,” he said, “honey, you've been dead for twelve years.”copyright protection17PENANAKyOeATJVub21Please respect copyright.PENANAIvGqAOHvuV

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Rhonda pushed him away. “Enough of your tomfoolery!” She cried out and then went back to writing her list. copyright protection17PENANAhq1nV8NG8F21Please respect copyright.PENANA68KMzkBhQ6

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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 protection17PENANA3BV7ma4WUt21Please respect copyright.PENANAeVKYIjjjAa

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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 protection17PENANA1mbf1i2zaM21Please respect copyright.PENANAAJLkItE2Nf

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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 protection17PENANATGNOHmDQJ921Please respect copyright.PENANA98jVt1o73c

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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 protection17PENANAOI1cfmWXLD21Please respect copyright.PENANAuMEOH7P6fT

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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 protection17PENANAg0fMkfjXhq21Please respect copyright.PENANA8yNNmuUcAa

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“My boys!” Eddie cried as he ran over to hug them. “When did you get here?” copyright protection17PENANATVycj2d49521Please respect copyright.PENANA22LPP8jKkU

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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 protection17PENANAW7r4TKt10P21Please respect copyright.PENANA8cOU1E2lpm

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“We figured you could use a few minutes alone,” Mikey added. “To sort things out.”copyright protection17PENANApI4vwhVzNi21Please respect copyright.PENANAl6ta0vO2Rd

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“Oh,” Eddie replied. “Where’s Johnny?”copyright protection17PENANA6f1SI7Wer621Please respect copyright.PENANAQnujxuPlxG

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“Johnny couldn't be here, pa,” Billy replied. “He's living overseas now. You know that.”copyright protection17PENANAzNM09AjfSD21Please respect copyright.PENANAX3jsnQXdcu

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“Oh yeah,” their father replied. copyright protection17PENANAUKOJIa3XrX21Please respect copyright.PENANAlJnEbLu9YH

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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 protection17PENANAZxeSW5urTl21Please respect copyright.PENANA2mkq0wcvFa

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“I don't know how I got here,” their mother said to them. copyright protection17PENANAyMRjyTeUep21Please respect copyright.PENANAxweSXfp9K4

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“It don't matter,” Billy said softly. “But you can't be here anymore. It isn't right.”copyright protection17PENANAXKa4XHSliE21Please respect copyright.PENANAN0t1TqgiA1

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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 protection17PENANAP3pMrxGV9121Please respect copyright.PENANA3XCxZwYfOy

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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 protection17PENANAIhi9kt8gS221Please respect copyright.PENANAERjhpiNnyC

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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 protection17PENANAcLGZdRJnVP21Please respect copyright.PENANAw2zQjY97mH

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“I'm buried in the back yard?” she asked. copyright protection17PENANAYab53GEsR721Please respect copyright.PENANAAklaaF9jMv

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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 protection17PENANACi8JqWa0SS21Please respect copyright.PENANAfTlA4wfdQ2

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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 protection17PENANAIAjBhnIRac21Please respect copyright.PENANALcs6NwD2Kt

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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 protection17PENANAyraB76HuHg21Please respect copyright.PENANAfaLHgyeTBY

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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 protection17PENANAYkotPUpfBm21Please respect copyright.PENANA1O6MwnlKhW

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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 protection17PENANAJ9YAc0ICMH21Please respect copyright.PENANAzTkFFQ20Bk

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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 protection17PENANA0GhPq3Lgwc21Please respect copyright.PENANAmwiGcYxfY8

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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 protection17PENANAgnjjYxbubj21Please respect copyright.PENANAS48bKkaiz8

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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 protection17PENANAZuJlhzT58321Please respect copyright.PENANAlgkus5OCno

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“This is insane!” Eddie exclaimed. “This whole morning has been bonkers!”copyright protection17PENANAdxVdqYDmMj21Please respect copyright.PENANA55opARuouR

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“It has, pa” Billy answered. “It is every year.”copyright protection17PENANA5QHwPqWmkS21Please respect copyright.PENANAEds2D2U7ro

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“Every year?” Eddie said. “It ain't ever been like this! I would have remembered a morning this whacky!”copyright protection17PENANAH2wwBEDKFO21Please respect copyright.PENANAD0j63W8Y4z

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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 protection17PENANA6W2wXNmWbz21Please respect copyright.PENANAPIi9Ol5Xj9

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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 protection17PENANAS1iyLA3VOV21Please respect copyright.PENANA0NfiW4E21X

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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 protection17PENANAmsmZGMcyQb21Please respect copyright.PENANA3shjKeopgp

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“But that ain't right,” Eddie muttered. “I ain't rotten like she was.”copyright protection17PENANAfkJ6OaW5YH21Please respect copyright.PENANAI9U0tFeR4v

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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 protection17PENANAIwgVWxTWRM21Please respect copyright.PENANAjBndBQTQHX

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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 protection17PENANARzX1uhScOi21Please respect copyright.PENANAAM5X0HOTxw

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“We know,” Billy replied. “We love you, too.”copyright protection17PENANA8rvfVIbzSc21Please respect copyright.PENANA2Mj8JkPxen

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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 protection17PENANAVdMKefvMAb21Please respect copyright.PENANArZIL7r5XZk

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