Sunday, March 16, 2014

Johnny had been known to mistreat women in ordinary ways. In endearing ways. He himself had even been known to lose in what people call the game of love, but it was not winning that was important to him, but to play the game at all times. He felt as a child at play, if you will, in all social interactions, and had the same notion of perpetual safety. And so the more horrible that the man pointing the gun at Johnny had no such notion of safety. The game the man with the gun played had come to an end, and now it was time to acknowledge its conclusion and to transfer the wagers lost, and so Johnny took the bullet in his chest, and the man took Johnny's ears.