Brown & Shaw

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Why For? 12

The sharp rapping woke me up, or almost woke me up. I was still groggy as I shuddered my way into awareness, as I realised there were icicles on my nose. I wondered if there was a nasal inhaler for icicle prevention. The rapping came from a cop’s nightstick hitting the car’s side window. I began to... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Why For? 11

Perhaps the reason for my hysteria was a build up of stress. Perhaps. But there and then, hunched in the freezing cold car, I just lost it. As the funeral director backed away from me, I’d seen the urns and jewelry from a different perspective, and I realised what the display reminded me of - a... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Why For? 10

The director looked at me, and I could see by her expression that she’d reached the conclusion that I wasn’t the sharpest tool in the box. She was shocked at my ignorance. “Those delicately crafted, tasteful bracelets and necklaces don’t go into the crematory with the departed. They are for... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Why For? 9

The funeral director / mortician / undertaker, was about to have a stroke. I wondered if any of the college courses were under the ‘undertaker’ definition? That might explain why I’d seen no courses. Perhaps there were night school classes on undertaking. I made a mental note to check, one day. I... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Why For? 8

Why For? 8 The funeral director was rabbiting on about cemeteries and other things from her profession, if it really was a profession. Never, in any University curriculum had I seen courses in corpse management. Could there be an MBA in cadaver display? I didn’t know. As the director kept talking I... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Why For? 7

The bizarre circumstances of Eve’s death guaranteed immediate media attention. It took longer than that, another couple of days, before the police were finished with me and the coroner had finished her examinations. I wasn’t asked for formal identification, the authorities accepting the howling... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Why For? 6

Eve’s death and the bizarre results went viral almost immediately, in fact the rest of the world knew before I did. I was in the gym and Eve was out walking Samantha when the tractor trailer killed her. It took me a long time to stop calling them articulated lorries, but eventually I adapted and... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Why For? 5

Samantha woke me up on Sunday morning with her habitual howl. She had recently altered her baying and it now seemed deeper and more mournful. I was aware of the Bloodhounds legendary ability to sniff out blood trails, even after a week had gone by, but this was scary. How could she possibly know? A... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Why For? 4

Before actually deciding on my decision, I had another beer - or two, and then had the last can ‘cos it looked so lonely. Samantha helped me stop. Samantha, the slobbering Bloodhound, had been lazing at the bottom of the garden when Ian called. She’d recognized him and gone back to sleep.... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Why For? 3

The minister was a staunch Presbyterian with a dry sense of humor, which was appreciated by the congregation with mostly Gaelic roots. The previous year, he’d paid me a house visit to assure me that I’d been included in the prayer chain, now that I’d broken my back. I remembered that I’d nodded... Sign in to see full entry.

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