by Harbinger of Death
With so many Debs dead and gone, those who remained were stuck with chores that
normally did not fall to them. This time, it was Tori, Red Storm and Persephy that had to
haul the cafeteria trash to the garbage bins in the basement.
Man, I should have killed myself last week, grumbled Tori.
I dont think it works that way, said Red Storm. I think he has to
kill you or you dont get to come back.
Maybe we should call his name and start teasing him so he gets mad and knocks us
off, suggested Persephy.
I dont know about that either. Maybe hed kill us slowly and painfully
then. Red Storm stopped to get a better hold on the trash bags.
They dragged the garbage down and threw it into the bin. Thats the last trip
Im making today, Tori said. Is everything in?
Ready, Persephy said. Go ahead and dump it.
Tori pulled the lever that set the first bin into motion. A hole opened in the floor, the
bin moved over it, and the bottom fell out to let the trash fall into the room below.
Ready for number two, said Tori, and she pulled the next lever. However,
Persephy was not paying attention, and when the next hole opened, she was standing on it.
AAAAAAAAH! she yelled as she landed with a plop.
Stop the bin! Red Storm yelled, and tried to push it back before it covered
the hole and covered Persephy in garbage.
Tori pushed the lever but nothing happened. Its too late, its already
started! She joined Red Storm in front of the bin, but of course the machine was
stronger, and it pushed them in too. Thump, thump. They landed next to Persephy in the
Thanks a lot, guys, Persephy said. Fat lot of good you do me down
As if we wanted to fall, Tori said. We tried to help you, you
Lets not fight, said Red Storm. We need to figure a way out of
here. At least its not a compactor like in Star Wars.
No, but theres gotta be a door.
There is, but its automated from the outside. The waste management people have
to open it when they come to haul this stuff away.
When do they come?
Not til tomorrow.
They sat in silence. The prospect of steeping in lemon rinds and curdled gravy for a whole
day wasnt a pleasant thought. Can we climb out? asked Red Storm.
We can try, said Tori, and they attempted to climb upon each others
shoulders to reach the top. The trash was too slippery and they toppled over, unable to
get a solid footing.
This really stinks, said Persephy.
Yeah, I cant believe this is happening.
No, I mean it really stinks. It smells disgusting in here. She plugged her
I have an itch on my leg, said Red Storm. She reached down and screamed.
Theres something on me! Pulling up her pant leg, she saw a humongous
leech. Agh! Get it off!!! She pulled at it, but the slimy thing was stuck
tight to her skin.
Uh-oh, said Tori, as she began to inspect herself. She too had leeches on her,
and so did Persephy.
Ick! What do we do? Persephy wailed.
If we had salt or a candle or something we could get them off, but we dont, so
I dont know if theres anything we can do! Red Storm hopped around doing
an icky dance.
Truly they were helpless. As time went on, more and more leeches attached themselves to
the poor girls, and sucked them dry of all their blood over the next few hours. When the
garbage men came the next day, they found three deflated sacks of skin and bones among the
Posted on Oct 26 1999, 11:20 AM