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The Word for Goodbye

Summary : Dennis Gilman knows it isn’t his fault that the dead walk the earth on his birthday, but he can’t help feeling guilty about it. Blinded by his memories, he cannot see his own life before him.
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Pages : 17
Words : 2742
Listed in Horror
First Page : It was not that the dead rose in Clarkson County, for they did so every year at the beginning of May, clawing up from frail wooden prisons, dragging themselves across sodden ground to devour the living. No, it was that the dead rose on Dennis Gilman's birthday. He knew it had nothing to do with him personally, but he couldn't help but feel it was his fault. Gilman was a loner but could never get the hang of living alone. Mary was from Boston and didn't like him but she married him anyway. Her bonnet was set in some goal of reform, to make him a mirror of the tinhorn gentlemen she usually liked. She failed, and therefore he failed. She didn't like the child she bore him either, and as Katherine grew into a shy young girl, her mother grew thin and grim. When Mary began sitting for hours before the ashy fireplace with wool blankets over bony shoulders, shuddering and coughing, blonde hair hanging in strings over her face, Gilman asked Lucille to come and help with everything.

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