Come, Thou TortoiseeBook - 2009
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Listen, don't bother getting on that plane tomorrow or the next day or whenever. I don't care if you come here. Neither does my dad. You and your homemade arm can stay where you are. I've got a revolver. I might shoot you if you come here
A fellow passenger joins me at the terminal window. Hey,I tell her. Our Pilots just kissed.
I'm thinking that kiss bodes well for our safey
Oh, I had forgotten toonies. They are so lovely. I turn it over and over. Will they ever make a three-toned coin. or a four-toned. I eagerly await more complex concentricity in our Canadian coinage
"Which is when I leaned forward and threw up in the Aim Your Vomit Here Bag"
I scan the jungle for someone to feel curious about. No one. No one. I look up at the waterfall. Hey, did I just see a goldfish jump over the waterfall!
Winnifred is old. She might be three hundred. She came with the apartment. The previous tenant, a rock climber named Cliff, was embarking on a rock-climbing adventure that would not have been much fun for Winnifred. Back then her name was Iris. Cliff had inherited Iris from the previous tenant. Nobody knew how old Iris was or where she had come from originally. Now Cliff was moving out. He said, Would you like a tortoise. I would not say no to a tortoise, I said. I was alone in Portland and the trees were giant. I picked her up and she blinked at me with her upside-down eyelids. I felt instantly calm. Her eyes were soft brown. Her skin felt like an old elbow. I will build you a castle, I whispered. With a pool. And I was true to my word. -- From the hardcover edition.
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