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Art by Mike Kerins © 2016

ABOUT TYPE

by Beau Johnson

 

There are two types of people in this world: the ones who get things done and those who watch that doing get done. The way Rand was attempting to be both these things is the reason I believe he is caught. Could also be he’d just become sloppy in his old age, or since deciding to work so close to home, he’d simply bitten off more than his mind could chew. I mean, he did keep that fella alive down there for a good two years.

And it’s not like I’m on his side. Or either of yours, for that matter. All I know is, some monsters have no lines they will not cross. Not once they believe the game can be won.

          Whatever it was, Rand does what he does, and the invitation he sends out is accepted by the wife. He invites the new guy too, what’s-his-name, the fiancé, and voila: the soon-to-be-famous dinner party slash barbecue is in motion and set.

          Crazy, right? Sure. But here’s the kicker: I honestly think Rand wanted it no other way. I mean, what kind of neighbor—a neighbor with his kind of secret—does such a thing? Maybe one who’d gone and formed an unhealthy relationship with the man he’d slowly been eating over the course of twenty-three months, perhaps? Sure. Makes sense. Or maybe the opposite came into play and Inverted Compass Syndrome took hold; Rand now empathizing with his victim because the wife of said victim had chosen to move on and start over, even though her husband was not yet dead and a mere sixty feet away. However it played, it was enough to get Rand to cook up what he did and serve it as beef. And look, yes, you’d have to have a heart made of stone to not take umbrage with the fact that he involved the kids, that they ended up “partaking” in their father, but all it does is go back to what I’ve said about there being only two types of people in this world. 

Wasn’t enough for Rand to keep doing what he was doing, he now had to see them see what he’d done. That he decided to serve thigh meat instead of muscle and then try to pass it off as beef is just a by-product of his sickness, I think; his attempt to be all things to all people while still trying to remain true to himself. In my opinion, it takes away from all the things he’d done before. Not a lot, no, but enough for people like me to give their heads a shake.

Rest assured, this won’t be happening with us. Not in the way you might think. It’s why the three of us have been facing this big old mirror as we have.  Why we’ve been discussing the types of people in the world today.

I hold myself to a higher standard, boys. Three guesses as to what that makes you.

 

 

Beau Johnson has been published before, usually on the darker side of town.  Rainbow free, he still has trouble accepting the reasons as to why they changed the Beckies on Roseanne instead of the Darlenes.  A collection of Beau's short stories will be published by Down and Out Books come Christmas 2017.

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