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"How did your parents die, anyway?" asked Brigid.

Greg didn't respond for a moment, then finally said in an unusually cold tone, "A truck fell out of the sky on them."

"Eh?"

"They were riding down the freeway when a great big 18-wheeler came flying off an overpass in front of them and they couldn't stop in time to avoid it. My mom, who was driving, was killed instantly; my dad lingered on a few days but never regained consciousness. Which may have been just as well, considering."

Brigid winced. "Yikes," she said.

"In a word," Greg replied. "What forensics they could do on the driver didn't turn up anything untoward; their best guess was that he fell asleep at the wheel. No doubt the jolt of going over the guardrail woke him back up again, but by that time his only feasible course of action was to plunge thirty feet to a fiery death." Brigid nodded, and Greg continued, "So it's not like there's anything that could be done -- the one person I could get mad at was just as dead as they were. The middle finger of God again, as I say from time to time. I've put up with a lot from God over the years without complaining, but in that particular case it's always seemed to me like He was just being a jerk about it."

Brigid found herself feeling unusually awkward. She managed to say, "Wow, that sucks," which was wholly inadequate but the best she could come up with. Greg simply nodded, and went back to his scribbling.

-The Gneech

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torakiyoshi
May. 24th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
"A jet engine crashed into my bedroom..."

Have the best

-=TK
the_gneech
May. 24th, 2007 01:21 pm (UTC)
"A moose bit my sister once..."

-TG
torakiyoshi
May. 24th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
Okay, but I was thinking of Donnie Darko.

Have the best

-=TK
the_gneech
May. 24th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
Sounds ... bizarre. 0.o

-The Gneech
torakiyoshi
May. 24th, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
It is. Sort of "Better off Dead" for the current generation of teens.

Have the best

-=TK
the_gneech
May. 25th, 2007 12:28 am (UTC)
Never saw that one either, actually.

-TG
mg4h
May. 24th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
Woah. I wouldn't have expected that for Greg's backstory.

Iiiiiinteresting....
the_gneech
May. 24th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
That he lost both parents while away at college was already established; I had the vague idea that it was in a traffic accident, but I hadn't put much thought into the specifics until recently. Obviously, it's not something he likes to dwell on.

-The Gneech
mg4h
May. 24th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
I haven't been able to read nearly all the stories yet. I wish they were in a book... *winkwink*

It's definitely different, however.
the_gneech
May. 25th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
Well you know, it's a very fast read. You could start at the beginning and get through them all in a matter of hours. ;)

-The Gneech
mg4h
May. 25th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
Over a hundred entries is not fast, not with the lag between loading each page. Sadly, I'd need free time and right now, not so much.

We're planning this little BBQ this weekend, see, and... ack!
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