31 May 2016
“Dennis,” said Outcast,”we haven’t seen you since last week.”
I said, “Thursday, I was at the memorial service for Anne. Friday, it was too hot.”
“Yeah, it was hot alright. We moved back into the shade of the trees. It wasn’t too bad there. I saw Little Jake last night.”
“Where was he?” I asked. “I haven’t seen him in any of his usual spots.”
“For the last two weeks he’s been in I.C.U. (Intensive care Unit). Someone from his building found him. He was passed out having a seizure. The guy called the cops and they brought an ambulance. He’s been in for two weeks now. Actually, they let him out once, but he was right back in. To get into that place you have to use a telephone and give the first and last name of the person you want to visit. I’ve known Jake for at least ten years, but I didn’t know his last name. Who calls anybody by their last name? I phoned Jacques, Wolf and finally Mariah. She remembered it, a French name, I’ve forgotten now.
“Anyway, he’s in rough shape. He could barely talk, they had him so high on meds. Because he was drying out he was hallucinating. I’ve been through that when I’d been on scotch. I was seeing bugs — it’s okay now that I just have a few beers. Jake was seeing spiders all over his walls. He said to me, ‘When they open that main door, I can see the zoo. Did you see it?’ Like I said, he was in rough shape. Before I left I took a look at the chart at the foot of his bed. They’ve booked a meeting with his family. That doesn’t sound very good. He’s only 43.
“I didn’t see Shark before he passed. I’m glad that I got to see Jake.”
Maria said, “When, Louis, my ex was in there, he was seeing all kinds of strange things. It was scary. One time he saw me as some kind of monster and tried to strangle me. I didn’t stay around after that.”
Outcast said, “Did you hear that they caught the guy who pulled women’s pants down in the park.
Police laid 27 charges against a 25 year old man, include seven counts of sexual assault, eight counts of mischief, eight counts of breach of probation and one count of criminal harassment. He’s also be designated as a dangerous offender which means he may never get out of jail. He’s fucked.”
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