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june matzoh ball soup
I was nervous. I had never done anything like this before.
Night had settled over the city like a cold, wet blanket, bringing with it a frosty edge that would gnaw at any exposed skin. An unpleasant time of year.
Each breath was hanged in the air before me; a burst of fresh death floating up before me. It was only visible in the headlights of the passing cars. The road would cry its quiet song, with each passing car brandishing the tears of the freshly melted snow.
I didn’t want to be out here. Doing this. My heart, the thing that pumped the blood of chance, would skip a beat every time a car slowed down. I willed them to go on. I knew I was out here. I knew what it was all for.
But, god, I did not want them to stop.
A train passed overhead. Clacking and grinding pierced the silent night, and it ground upon my nerves, setting me on edge.
Another car passed on the wet road, with its distinct howl.
The bleakness was all encompassing and consuming. I didn’t want to be here. I didn’t want to do this.
But choices have to be made, and none of them are mine.
Here I am. How bitter and husk; death swelling at the lips, as I tried to kill my insides.
Headlights had started to slow down. I had known, as soon as they had turned the corner four blocks back. But now they started to slow down.
And I needed to be dead inside. From now.
From now until I can live again.
If that ever happens.
The window buzzed down; a swarm of angry bees, screaming at me, telling me to run. A cloud of death escaped his lungs into the icy night, smoke. The voice of the devil, almost pleasant on the still air, slid out from the car, inviting me over.
The car itself was nice. Black, new and very, very expensive.
I edged forward, killing and detaching myself from it all. I became the puppeteer to my own limbs, watching from some vague distance.
"How much?" He asked.
I told him it depended on what he wanted. I had it all worked out, but I couldn’t help but boosting the prices, just to discourage him.
This was all a mistake. I didn’t want to be here, and any other way would be better.
The way his smokey breath hung on the air, sucked from the toxins grasped between his slender, immaculate hands. The way his smile split across his face like an ax wound, filled with joyous malice.
"Well, why don’t you come in, out of the cold, and we can discuss prices," he slithered. In any other circumstance, I could have found him attractive. But this made him vile.
I gave up on any vestige of hope. I gave it up then and there, as I walked around and pulled open the passenger door. It was then I gave up on me. I could feel it. The base of my everything slipped. My body felt like it was drooping through its frame, and an ache gaped wide within me. A raw crevice of defeat billowed and flared, and as I sat down in the seat, his hand slipped from the gearshift, to my thigh.
My whole kept falling and falling, away from my Now. My eyes looked up at him, but I was not seeing. It was gone. I was gone.
I had to be.
As he flicked the indicator, and pulled out onto the road, my body became nothing more than a vessel, a tool.
"What’s your name?" He queried, hissing and sly, before sucking more death from the embers of cancer.
I told him. He frowned at me slightly, before focusing back on the road.
"How much for a whole night of full service?"
I told him ridiculously inflated prices. Nearly twenty times the standard.
"You wouldn’t be boosting your prices just because I drive a fancy car, would you?" He grinned at me.
Clarifying, I told him it was not. My voice was barely a whisper on the breeze of the car’s heated air.
"So you’re boosting your prices for something else?"
I didn’t even want to be here.
Silence was my response, but he was undeterred.
"So," he pursued, before whispering my name. The same, revolting grin scrawled across his face again, as his hand moved from the gearshift again.
"Are you from around here?"
I wasn’t. I had only moved to this dreary town a year ago. I had risked everything on a chance. A hope. A dream. I had finished my book, and I was going to take it to the big city, and get it published.
Things hadn’t worked out so well though.
I didn’t tell him any of this though. I just sat there, staring at the car’s emblem, inwardly cursing myself for not realizing how little money would mean to someone who drove such a car.
His gentleman mask was well fastened, and his need for small talk ensued.
"Nothing? Well… What do you do with your spare time, other than work?"
Hunt. I scoured the streets, taking my transcript to every printer in town. My funds were quickly drying up. I only had enough for one more week’s rent, and a packet of two-minute noodles.
The Winter had made it trickier to negotiate the streets, and with that, had come even harder times.
And so here I was, in a luxury super-sedan, wearing the least I could without freezing to death, with the Devil’s hands as idle playthings.
"Not chatty, I get it," he observed, in a venomous purr, "At least explain your name."
My eyes rolled like the waves upon the rocky shore.
I explained it to him. He didn’t ask any more questions.
"We’re getting close now. My place is on the next block over."
Though I’d been hoping for it, though every fiber of my body had been willing for it to happen, when the car suddenly slipped on some black ice, I knew I hadn’t really wanted to die. There was still so much I needed to do.
The car quickly spun out, into an intersection. I couldn’t see anything but lines of light, drawn by the traffic lights. The howling of the tyres across the road was louder now than ever before. We hit something, or something hit us. Mayhem rendered me a little disoriented, as every window shattered, as the roof was almost pulled off. The car slid to a rest.
With no windows, and only half a ceiling, the cold was quick to seep in and embrace me, one last time.
I exhaled slowly. My breath was hanged in the air before me, illuminated by the light of an oncoming vehicle. I looked across at the driver. He was dead, or unconscious.
I looked back up at the headlights. The ex-expensive car was resting across the road, with my door facing the oncoming traffic. The oncoming vehicle (a truck, I quickly learned) saw the black car a little too late. When it went to apply the brakes, however, they hit the same black ice we did.
The road howled and cried, and as I watched my death; hanged in the air before me. The horn of the truck wailed and pierced through the still air like sandpaper to the nerves.
I had spent my lifetime listening to music. It had compelled me, it had moved me to tears. Music had made me, and it had broke me. And in my final moments, I couldn’t help but feel, with a tinge of sadness, that the horn’s blare being the last thing I’d ever hear was the worst tragedy of all.
Of all the beauty and the wonder and the joy, this was my swansong. It Dopplered closer and closer. The truck crashed through me instantly, but it took forever to hit.
All the while, its driver held down the bugle, its siren, its victory song.
If death hadn’t hugged me from within just moments earlier, the whole experience could have been more traumatic.
But I was already gone.
I had already left.
The truck crushed my vessel, and it joined me.
He would go on to live, of course. The Jaws of Life would pry him out. To get me out of the very, very expensive coffin, they would have to use sponges and a spoon.
By the time they tracked down my apartment, I’d been evicted, and most of my contents discarded. No track of my real name could be found anywhere. In the end, they had to go with what I’d given Him, including my explanation.
Many objected, but in the end, there was no alternative.
Upon my grave, it reads
| Unidentified body, known only as |
| August Milo Cereal |
| You know, the duo kind? |
| That has white flake things as well? |
| Yeah, that kind. Oh, you’re American? |
| Well, Milo is like nesquick, |
| only with more ‘health benefits’ |
| & better flavor. And there’s a cereal. |
| This joke is ruined if you’re American. |
| Sorry. |
(And my tombstone is ruined if you’re on mobile)
Sometimes I wonder how my face is.. the same face.
Going through the photos my phone, found all these I took of some second hand store’s doll section.
It took me about 4 days, and I got about a cover done a day. I’ve never done digital painting on this level before, and was constantly surprised at the results as I was drawing this (especially the flower).
I was really hoping DFTBA records would pick these up as posters, as they’re the only website that could sell them in sets, plus being.. y’know, really suitable. I’ve gotten hundreds of requests for posters, but they seem completely disinterested, so I’ll try and sort something out for everyone (probably involving redbubble).
If you’re interested in buying a poster I would suggest following me here on tumblr. I’ll certainly be vocal about it if I work it out. And who knows, if all goes well, maybe I’ll do more stuff like this in the future.
My epic quest to eat a really cheap oven pizza.
All the blogs of mine that you should follow:
Rion - My main blog, with central opinions and content
Animartian - A place I reblog pieces of art that inspire me to create.
Building Porn - Delicious architecture and interior design.
Cumuli Porn - I love clouds. These images also come in for good reference
Pizzajohn - Content mostly relevant to John Green and his pizza-loving ways
StrangerBox - An experiment blog where anyone can upload content anonymously.
Check out some of these videos from my instagram, and then maybe follow it @rionhunter
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