Sairah, Sairah, no time is a good time for good-bye

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Sairah, Sairah, no time is a good time for good-bye

October 16 2006 at 1:27 PM

"Quit pushing," said Sairah, scowling down at a few of rats shoving at her ankles. "Really, I'll be dead soon enough without you lot pressuring me. And you're scuffing up my runners."

"We was pullin' ya," one of them said innocently. "Tryin' to keep ya from harm, see?"

"Yeah, that's it." "We wouldn't push ya!" "Honest!" The others chimed in.

"It won't do you any good, you know," she said calmly. "I locked up all my chocky cake so it'll be nice and safe until after we get back from the Halloween party."

Their little whiskers twitched in contemplation; then the rats narrowed their beady red eyes and stuck out their little pink tongues. With a few choice words of farewell, none of which can be repeated in polite company, they scarpered.

"You look so tired," said a man in a black uniform. "Come, come, sit down." He took Sairah gently by the arm and led her to a very soft and comfortable recliner.

"Thank you, that is nice," she sighed, sinking down into the voluminous cushions. "The harassment I get from those rodents. When I see axman on the other side we'll need to have a chat about them."

"Of course." The man went over to a com panel on the wall and started piping in some soothing classical music.

"Ahhh." Sairah closed her eyes, then opened them again in haste. "I'm not bothering you, am I? I'll get out of your way. I've already taken up too much of your time." She moved to rise from the chair, but he shook his head and blocked her with a light touch to the shoulder.

"No, I wouldn't hear of it," he said. "You're not in my way at all. Take as much time as you need." He walked away from her. "Trust me, you'll feel better after you've had a nice rest. They always do." A slow smile spread across his face.

Sairah was stretched out in the chair and didn't think much about it when she heard a door close with a metal clang. She noticed there was a funny smell in the air, but it was faint and didn't bother her, so she just let herself get more and more relaxed, more and more sedate, until she drifted off to eternal sleep. After a time she noticed she was back outside again, and didn't feel tired any more. She floated off to the mansion for the afterlife party.

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