Here's a short excerpt. I'll post an excerpt for Three Dogs tomorrow.
“I see all the things I've missed out on, and wonder how I got here. An infinitely long list of bad choices and worse circumstances.”
“You’re just feeling sorry for yourself,” Patrick said. I knew he was trying to be helpful, but right then, I didn’t want his help.
“I’m dealing with a lot of dead people who I used to love.”
“So, waa. A lot of us deal with a lot of dead people who we used to love.”
“Not like this, Patrick.”
“Sure, maybe not like this. But people die. You didn’t have any part in it.”
“How do you know that?”
“Because you didn’t sick a pack of angry ducks on Stephanie, and you didn’t make a tree fall on Starr.”
Out of context, this was an absolutely obscure comment. Had I mapped out every conversation I’d ever have in my entire life, this would not have made the list.
“I don’t know, Pat. I really don’t. Maybe the cops are right. There are just too many bodies, and too many coincidences.” I paused and thought about Officer DeParalta’s comments. “And not enough answers.”
Patrick stared at me. I could see it growing in his mind, too.
“So you’re starting to believe them?”
“I don’t know. Maybe.”
“But don’t you think you’d know if you were killing people?”
“I don’t know, Pat. You hear about serial killers all the time separating their own realities from the ‘monster’ that’s killing people. What if I’m one of those guys? What if I’m killing people while in some weird other consciousness?”
“Like you’re blacking out and turning into Ted Bundy?”
“Yeah, like that. Maybe I have no idea that I’m killing people when really I am.”
“Look, I’ve known you a long time. I think I’d know if you were killing people.”
“No, Pat, you’d be the guy they interviewed who said, ‘He was such a nice boy. Always ate his green beans.’”
“You hate green beans.”
“Not the point, Patrick. The point is, no one thinks their best friend is a serial killer until the cops show up. When they arrested that BTK guy, you think his wife went, ‘Oh, totally, I saw this coming.’?”
“That’s different. She didn’t want to see those things.”
“And you do?”
“Man, if you’re a serial killer, do you know how much air time I’ll get? I could make millions selling your story.”
“Nice. It’s so comforting to know you’d use my misery to make a buck.”
“That’s what best friends are for. I’m here to help you, but if you’re guilty, fuck yeah, I’m totally selling every word you’ve ever spoken to me to TMZ.”
“You’re an asshole.”
“Your lips to God’s ears, brother.”
Despite my best efforts, I was actually starting to feel better.
“So what now?”
“Now we try to find Neanderthal. We get him to admit he was the one with Michelle when she died. That’s the only one they got you with right now, so let’s solve that one.”
“Where do we start?”
“We go back to college.”