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September 22, 2007
Hes gone.
The night shift in the intensive care unit requesting his vigilance, hes left a note on the refrigerator:
Sweet Mint-
Tofu Shitake Special in Tupperware, Brutus asleep in cage, pay no attention to stain on carpet in front of TV; merlot versus laceration (dont ask); call nursing station when home, Ill be there assuming no one crumps and gets you business. Love, B.
Its midnight. I grab seltzer water and a sponge, and head toward the stain. Its oblong, dark and damp. I kneel on all fours, and rest my head on the fibers. It smells sweet, bitter.