He’s older than the mountains, older than the sea. One foot goes deep down in the ocean bed, the other…
Randy pulled the stolen bottle out of his pocket, took a good sip of the brown liquid and made a frown.
Bobby grabbed the bottle. -Good job, Randy! Let’s go!
They drove into town, and down the main street, which was in fact the only street in their town. Harry the police officer was watching them from a parking lot. The three boys stared back at him.
-Man, how I hate him, Randy said.
-Yeah, man. Bill said from the back seat. -The other day he was asking me all kinds of questions. He wouldn’t let me go. And I hadn’t done shit all day!
When they came to the end of the street, they turned around. Then they drove back.
-Do ever get, like tired of this? Randy said after a while.
-Tired of what?
-Driving up and down the street?
-I dunno…? What else could we do?
-Give me the bottle, asshole!
Billy took another sip.
The car stopped. Billy fell forward, spilling whiskey all over his shirt. -What the fuck, man…
The two other said nothing, just stared up in the sky.
An eye was staring down at them…
Peter crept under the fence, dragging his crutches behind him. Mick was already on his feet, looking down towards the facility further down the hill.
-What do you think is down there? he said.
-I don’t know. I hope we won’t have to run this time, though. I’m not so fast these days.
Peter had broken his leg when he jumped off a container to get out of the old paper factory a month ago. They used to do this, jumping over fences in restricted areas. It had become an obsession.
They walked slowly towards the buildings further down. They could see people moving around, some dressed as scientists, others in guard uniforms. The timing was horrible, with crutches and all, but Mick was always very convincing.
They reached some rows of tube piles giving them shelter, taking them down towards the buildings.
A man came out between the tube rows. (more)
Joe’s head hurt more than usual. What happened last night? Where had he been, what had he done? He was hoping he’d never find out. No news were good news.
He turned his head. A woman was lying beside him. Pretty. Too pretty. Definitely a whore, there’s no way she’d be here for free. He looked around. He seemed to be in some cheap motel somewhere. At least he hadn’t brought her home.
I’m too old for this shit, he thought to himself.
His bladder was about to explode, so he pulled himself together and got out of bed. It hurt. Every muscle, every bone. His mind. His mind hurt like hell, and the room was spinning.
He went out into the bathroom, and sat down on the loo. He sat there for a while. Images flashing by, memories of yesterday. Girls laughing. Him dancing on the table.
Too old, he thought. Too fucking old.
He pulled a sheet from the paper roll, started folding it. A sound. He looked down between his legs.
A rat. (More)
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Since Christmas is a time for traditions, I’m republishing this story about Santa’s early origins first published the first Christmas…