The Last Time Any Human Speaks to Another

By Chef JRHEvilInc/Joel R. Hunt

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Through the darkness of his closed eyes, Jack let the ambiance of the hall wash through him. Dozens of clearing throats. Hundreds of shuffling bodies. Thousands of fingers sliding along screens.

Amazing how he’d never really heard it before.

“Jack Willborough?” asked a gentle voice. Jack jolted in his seat and opened his eyes. An old woman stood before him, bent over with age, or perhaps just the pain of walking across such a cavernous room to reach his table.

“Yes,” Jack said, gesturing opposite him, “I presume you’re Alice?”

A nod was her only response. No doubt she had to rest her voice for a while now. Jack watched as she struggled into the hard plastic chair, face creased with arthritic agony. A long minute dredged by. Once the woman had settled, Jack leaned in to be more easily heard.

“Should we wait for the others?” Continue reading “The Last Time Any Human Speaks to Another”

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Something Happened 63 Years Ago that’s Haunted me my Entire Life

By Chef Sergeant_Darwin

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//Original Title “Something happened 63 years ago that’s haunted me my entire life. I’ve never told anyone about it – until now.” Changed for brevity.

It’s official: I’m an old man.

For the last couple years, I’ve comforted myself by saying I’m in my “early 70s,” but math is simple and unforgiving. Today is my 75th birthday, and God, the years do fly. Continue reading “Something Happened 63 Years Ago that’s Haunted me my Entire Life”