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Once, Twice, Three Times a Deadman
By short story kid
Sunday, June 01, 2008

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A dead man comes to life and gets revenge from his pursuer.

When the day became miserably blistered, the cemetery staff furnished water for the mourners. A funeral director stepped off the grass onto a concrete foundation. Immediately, he felt the heat through his shoes. Suits and dresses clung to bodies and hung dripping.

One man in the crowd perspired not from heat but from worry, his mission: The man in the casket. A sense of urgency, he watched and waited. He thought the preacher would never shut up and allow the pathetic mourners out of the heat into their air conditioned cars.

Andy Cupton traveled from Detroit where he witnessed the same man in a similar casket after his second death. His new mission: Make sure Paulo Sumarito stayed dead.

“Father, we pray Thou wouldst bless the hearts of these who love and will miss this dear man. We offer him to Thy kindness and mercy….” the preacher persisted.

Shut up, man, Andy Cupton thought. Let’s put this ghoul in the ground; he must never get another human heart.

Overpowered by heat the family sat down in metal chairs. Cupton’s legs weakened and wobbled. He forced his exhausted mind to remain on the business at hand. The same picture flashed in and out: a young fat woman falling from a lighthouse, screaming all the way down.

Cupton saw the woman escape, blood trickling from a tiny pin hole over her heart. He saw Paulo Sumarito burst from a casket at the bottom of the ocean. He saw Paulo Sumarito crawl ashore a short distance from the lighthouse.

Sumarito followed the fat woman, calling out to her, “Darling, wait for me. I am the one to save you.”

In spite of her heavy weight the woman outran Sumarito.

Andy Cupton actually witnessed the whole affair. However, each time he relived it, the story ended before it finished.

By the time of the funeral Cupton had become obsessed with lighthouses and oceans.

“Amen,” the preacher concluded.

Andy Cupton sensed he was about to pass out. He reached for a bottle of water, but he collapsed on the ground beside one of the tent pegs.

The funeral director feared the worst and summoned the paramedics. In a matter of minutes, sirens blaring, a fire truck, an EMT truck, and the fire chief rushed onto the cemetery property.

Andy Cupton lay on the ground semiconscious, his eyes glued to the casket. He was the only human who saw the casket creep open and the thing inside escape.

The paramedics started an IV and tried to cool Andy Cupton. Instead of improving Cupton deteriorated and faced inevitable death. The paramedics began CPR, but shortly stopped and declared the man from the cemetery dead.

It wasn’t until they deposited the body at the hospital that anyone noticed the ragged hole in Andy Cupton’s back and his missing heart.

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