Thursday, November 13, 2014

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Author: Stephen King

Typed by: Doctor Murdock


Garrish walked out of the bright May sunshine and into the

coolness of the dorm. It took his eyes a moment to adjust, and at

first Harry the Beaver was just a bodiless voice from the shadows.

"It was a bitch, wasn't it?" the Beaver asked. "Wasn't that one a

really truly bitch?"

"Yes," Garrish said. "It was tough."

Now his eyes pulled in the Beaver. He was rubbing a hand across

the pimples on his forehead and sweating under his eyes. He was

wearing sandals and a 69 T-Shirt with a button on the front that said

Howdy Doody was a pervert. The Beavers huge buck teeth loomed in the


"I was gonna drop it in January," the Beaver said. "I kept

telling myself to do it while there was still time. And then add-

drop was over and it was either go for it or pick up an incomplete.

I think, Curt. Honest to God."

The housemother stood in the corner by the mailboxes. She was an

extremely tall woman who looked vaguely like Rudulph Valentino. She

was trying to push a slip strap back up with one hand while she

tacked up a dorm sign-out sheet with the other.

"Tough," Garrish repeated.

"I wanted to bag a few off you but I didn't dare, honest to God,

that guy's got eyes like an eagle. You think you got you A all


"I guess maybe I flunked," Garrish said.

The Beaver gaped. "You think you FLUNKED? You think you---"

"I'm going to go take a shower, okay?"

"Yeah, sure, Curt. Sure. Was that you last test?"

"Yes," Garrish said. "That was my last test."

Garrish crossed the lobby and pushed through the doors and began

to climb. The stairwell smelled like an athletic supporter. Same

old stairs. His room was on the fifth floor.

Quinn and that other idiot from three, the one with the hairy

legs, piled by him, tossing a softball back and forth. A little

fellow wearing horned rimmed glasses and valiantly struggling goatee

passed him between four and five, holding a calculus book in his

chest like a Bible, his lips moving in a rosary of logarithms. His

eyes were blank as blackboards.

Garrish paused and looked after him, wondering if he wouldn't be

better off dead, but the little fellow was now only a bobbing,

disappearing shadow on the wall. It bobbed once more and was gone.

Garrish climbed to five and walked down the hall to his room. Pig

Pen had left two days ago. Four finals in three days, wham bam and

thank-ya-ma'am. Pig Pen knew how to arrange things. He had left

only his pin-ups, two dirty mismatched sweat socks, and a ceramic

parody of Rodin's THINKER perched on a toilet seat.

Garrish put his key in the lock and turned it.

"Curt! Hey, Curt!"

Rollins, the asinine floor counselor who had just sent Jimmy Brody

up to visit the Dean of Men for a drinking offense, was coming down

the hall and waving at him. He was tall, well built, crewcut,

symmetrical. He looked varnished.

"You all done?" Rollins asked.


"Don't forget to sweep the floor of the room and fill out the

damage report, okay?"


"I slid a damage report under your door last Thursday, didn't I?"


"If I'm not in my room, just slide the damage report and the key

under the door."


Rollins seized his hand and shook it twice, fast, pumppump.

Rollins palm was dry, the skin grainy. Shaking hands with Rollins

was like shaking hand with a fistful of salt.

"Have yourself a good summer, m'man."


"Don't work too hard."


"Use it but don't abuse it."

"I will and I won't"

Rollins look momentarily puzzled and then he laughed. "Take care,

now." He slapped Garrish's shoulder and then walked back down the

hall, pausing once to tell Ron Frane to turn down his stereo.

Garrish could see Rollins lying dead in a ditch with maggots in his

eyes. Rollins wouldn't care. Neither would the maggots. You either

ate the world or the world ate you and it was okay either way.

Garrish stood thoughtfully, watching until Rollins was out of

sight, and then he let himself into his room.

With Pig Pens cyclonic clutter gone it looked barren and sterile.

The swirled, heaped, drifted pile that had been Pig Pens bed was

stripped down to the bare---if slightly comestained---mattress pad.

Two Playboy gatefolds look down at him with frozen two-dimensional


Not much changed in Garrish's half of the room, which had always

been barracks neat. You could drop a quarter on the top blanket of

Garrish's bed and it would bounce. All that neat had gotten on

Piggy's nerves. He was an English major with a fine turn of phrase.

He called Garrish a pigeonholer. The only thing on the wall above

Garrish's bed was a huge blow-up of Humphrey Bogart that he had

gotten in the college bookstore. Bogie had an automatic pistol in

each hand and was wearing suspenders. Piggy said pistols and braces

were impotency symbols. Garrish doubted if Bogie had been impotent,

although he had never read anything about him.

He went to the closet door, unlocked it, and brought out the big

walnut stocked .352 Magnum that his father, a Methodist minister, had

bought him for Christmas. He had bought the telescopic sight himself

last March.

You weren't supposed to have guns in your room, not even hunting

rifles, but it hadn't been hard. He had signed it out of the

university gun storage room the day before with a forged withdrawl

slip. He put it in his waterproof leather scabbard, and left it in

the woods behind the football field. Then, this morning around three

a.m. he just went out and got it and brought it upstairs through the

sleeping corridors.

He sat down on the bed with the gun across his knees and wept a

little bit. The THINKER on the toilet seat was looking at him.

Garrish put the gun on his bed, crossed the room, and slapped it off

Piggy's table onto the floor, where it shattered. There was a knock

at the door.

Garrish put the rifle under his bed. "Come in."

It was Baily, standing there in his skivies. There was a puff of

lint in his bellybutton. There was no future for Baily. Baily would

marry a stupid girl and they would have stupid kids. Later on he

would die of cancer or maybe renal failure.

"How was the chem final, Curt?"

"All right."

"I just wondered if I could borrow your notes. I've got it


"I burned them with my trash this morning."

"Oh. Hey, Jesus! Did Piggy go and do that?" He pointed at the

remains of the THINKER.

"I guess so."

Why did he want to go and do that? I liked that thing. I was

going to buy it off him." Baily had sharp, ratty little features.

His skivies were thready and saggy-seated. Garrish could see exactly

how he would look, dying of emphysema or something in an oxygen tent.

How he would look yellow. I could help you, Garrish thought.

"You think he'd mind if I scoffed up those pinups?"

"I guess not."

"Okay." Baily crossed the room, stepping his bare feet gingerly

over the pottery shards, and untacked the Playmates. "That picture

of Bogie is really sharp, too. No tits, but, hey! You know?" Baily

peered at Garrish to see if Garrish would smile. When Garrish did

not, he said, "I don't suppose you plan on throwing it away, or


"No. I was just getting ready to take a shower."

"Okay. Have a good summer if I don't see you again, Curt."


Baily went back to the door, the seat of his skivies flapping. He

paused at the door. "Another four-points this semester, Curt?"

"At least."

"Good deal. See you next year."

He went out and closed the door. Garrish sat on the bed for a

little while, then took the gun out, stripped it, and cleaned it. He

put the muzzle to his eye and looked at the tinny circle of light at

the far end. The barrel was clean. He reintegrated the gun.

In the third drawer of his bureau were three heavy boxes of

Winchester ammunition. He laid these on the windowsill. He pulled

the blinds up.

The mall was bright and green, peppered with strolling students.

Quinn and his idiot friend had gotten up a raggle taggle softball

game. The scurried back and forth like cripple ants escaping a

broken burrow.

"Let me tell you something," Garrish told Bogie. "God got mad at

Cain because Cain had an idea God was a vegetarian. His brother knew

better. God made the world in His image, and if you don't eat the

world, the world eats you. So Cain says to his brother, 'Why didn't

you tell me?' And his brother says, 'Why didn't you listen?' And Cain

says, 'Okay, I'm listening now.' So he waxes his brother and says,

'Hey God! You want meat? Here it is! You want roast or ribs or

Abelburgers or what?' And God told him to put on his boogie shoes.

So...what do you think?"

No reply from Bogie.

Garrish put the window up and rested his elbows on the ledge, not

letting the barrel of the .352 project out into the sunlight. He

looked into the sight.

He was centered on Carlton Memorial women's dormitory across the

mall. Carlton was more popularly known as the dog kennels. He put

the crosshairs on a big Ford wagon. A blonde coed in jeans and a

blue shell top was talking to her mother while her father, red-faced

and balding, loaded suitcases in the back.

Someone knocked on the door.

Garrish waited.

The knock came again.

"Curt? I'll give you half a rock for that Bogart poster."


Garrish said nothing. The girl and her mother were laughing at

something, not knowing there were microbes in their intestines,

feeding, dividing, multiplying. The girls father joined them and

they stood in the sunlight together, a family portrait in the


"Damn it all," Baily said. His feet padded down the hall.

Garrish squeezed the trigger.

The gun kicked hard against his shoulder, the good, padded kick

you get when you have seated the gun in exactly the right place. The

smiling girls blonde head sheared itself away.

Her mother went on smiling for a moment, and then her hand went to

her mouth. She screamed through her hand. Garrish shot through it.

Hand and head disappeared in a red spray. The man who had been

loading the suitcases broke into a lumbering run.

Garrish tracked him and shot him in the back. He raised his head,

looked out of the sight for a moment. Quinn was holding the softball

and looking at the blonde girls brains, which were splattered on the

NO PARKING sign behind her prone body. Quinn didn't move. All

across the mall people stood frozen, like children engaged in a game

of statues.

Somebody pounded on the door, the rattled the handle. Baily

again. "Curt? You all right, Curt? I think somebody's---"

"Good drink, good meat, good God, let's eat!" Garrish exclaimed,

and shot at Quinn. He pulled instead of squeezing and the shot went

wide. Quinn was running. No problem. The second shot took Quinn in

the neck and he flew maybe twenty feet.



His footsteps faded down the hall.

Now they were starting to run. Garrish could hear them screaming.

Garrish could hear the faint smack-smack sound of their shoes on the


He looked up at Bogie. Bogie held his two guns and looked beyond

him. He looked at the shattered remnants of Piggy's THINKER and

wondered what Piggy was doing today, if he was sleeping or watching

TV or eating some great big wonderful meal. Eat the world, Piggy,

Garrish thought. You gulp that sucker right down.

"Garrish!" It was Rollins now, pounding on the door. "Open up,


"It's locked," Baily panted. "He looked lousy, he killed himself,

I know it."

Garrish pushed the muzzle out of the window again. A boy in a

madras shirt was crouched down behind a bush, scanning the dormitory

windows with desperate intensity. He wanted to run for it, Garrish

saw, but his legs were frozen.

"Good God, let's eat," Garrish murmured, and began to pull the

trigger again.


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