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  • The soft sound of snow crunching
  • underfoot gives me comfort.
  • Her building is at the end of the block.
  • She lives on the north side.
  • Bottom floor. Middle apartment.
  • I see her: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 steps.
  • Wrong key. Lock clicks. She drops her
  • coat and scarf in the entry and
  • kicks off those...vixen shoes.
  • She shuffles to the kitchen and pours
  • a glass of scotch. (I am inside)
  • She lights a cigarette and blows
  • the smoke over the match. (She doesn't notice)
  • The gray smog rises from her
  • lips like a cremation furnace.
  • The simple elegance of this quiet
  • moment is almost irresistible.
  • (But, I wait)
  • She slugs back the scotch,
  • finishes her smoke and ashes it
  • in the sink. She unties her hair
  • and enters the hallway, past the
  • childless bedroom with the empty
  • crib, past the altar coated in wax
  • like a wedding cake, and the tiny
  • packages of meat, dead flowers,
  • and baby's breath.
  • She enters the bathroom, where
  • she undresses. She sits on the
  • edge of the bath. Her ***** body
  • folded in half, heavy tits hanging
  • like mushy stalactites over her
  • lap. (Oh, precious) She closes her
  • eyes and holds her head as if it
  • might float away.
  • For a moment, my thoughts drift
  • again, this time to the hammer
  • I am holding. The handle is
  • smooth as bone, the forged steel
  • head is heavy, and I feel powerful.
  • She reaches for the faucet
  • and I snap back to the moment.
  • Bubbles brim the edge of the
  • tub. Her fingers check the water
  • temperature and I am ready.
  • I move behind her. She doesn't
  • hear. I swing the hammer. She
  • doesn't see. I crack her skull.
  • She's in the tub. Face down. I am
  • drowning her, mashing her head
  • to the bottom, knifing the claw of
  • the hammer into her spine and
  • ribs over and over and over and
  • over and over and over and over
  • and over and....
  • Her body stops pretending to
  • care and surrenders as it is supposed
  • to. just to be sure, I press
  • hard, keeping her head beneath
  • the bloody water a few moments
  • more. Her neck snaps, her nose
  • breaks, and her face collapses
  • against the bottom of the tub. I
  • see my reflection in the mirror
  • and soapy foam has formed a half
  • smile over the black nylon mask I
  • am wearing
  • I lean to her. The water glistens
  • like glass. I hover over the
  • surface, soft breath causing tiny
  • quakes, and whisper, "I have done
  • to you what nature has done to me."
  • She doesn't reply.
  • I stand and turn off the light.
  • The room is dark and empty.
  • Just like I am now.

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