Thursday, May 09, 2013


We get it on most every night
When that moon is big and bright

Sid hummed along to the music.  He had every night for the past hundred years.  It was his curse:  The same song, the same restaurant, the same night for all eternity.  All for one thoughtless act he could never take back.

It's a supernatural delight
Everybody's dancing in the moonlight

She was young and he was drunk.  Sid thought she wanted him.  He was blinded by desire as he forced himself on her.  She screamed, but no one came except Sid.

Everybody here is out of sight
They don't bark and they don't bite

The guilt was overwhelming.  Sid woke to see a bloodied creature sobbing in the corner of his room.  He took her to the hospital, and confessed his sins.  It wasn't enough.

They keep things loose, they keep it tight
Everybody's dancing in the moonlight

He met her mother in the same restaurant he had found her daughter.  She stared daggers and he found the retribution comforting.  “I am not here to ease your guilt,” she said over her plate of cold eggs.  “I am leaving, but you aren’t.  You will stay here and remember every detail.  The courts can punish you for life, but I will for eternity.”

Dancing in the moonlight
Everybody's feeling warm and bright

Sid nursed a martini as she left.  He looked around the room and saw an empty booth.  No one sat there, and no one ever would again.  The busboys and servers passed it without notice.  It was their seat.  Or what would have been.

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