Friday, December 2, 2011

careful walking

Your friends live in a house filled with human corpses underneath the carpet.  The corpses are covered completely by the handmade Moroccan carpet that fills the entire house. There is different carpet for each room, some patterned with pink and teal camels and others in plaids and stripes.  

Life is normal with the corpse cocoons.  You catch your friends making out in the hallway with one of them by their feet. You go into the kitchen to take out a pan from the cabinet to bake cookies, it falls out and lands on one. You pick it up. On the sofa you watch a movie while holding hands with your friend under a blanket. You use one of them as a footstool.  

When you sleep over you are careful not to trip over the corpses in the middle of the night to get a glass of water. 

It’s Christmastime and Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” is playing on the record player. You all dance merrily around each corpse as you decorate the Christmas tree with gold tinsel and popcorn garland. Pieces of popcorn fall like snow from the garland and land on the corpses. You don’t pick up the pieces.  

The house smells like warm cinnamon and pine forest and the corpses are always there.


stephanie joy said...

This is so delightfully written! Please write a novel based on this dream ASAP- I want more!

kieren said...

of course i love this and of course i want more more MORE

Rachel said...

I will write more. I think I'm going to write about my other morbid dream as a ghost writing love letters.

Rachel said...

Thank you for the support!

kieren said...

i have to say, i have been thinking so much about this since i read it. will you please write more of this very story? i have a burning need to know more! why are the corpses there? everyone seems so blasé about them. cheery, even! i need a backstory about this cozy family and their corpses.

Rachel said...

Death is a little bit different in this world. The corpses have unfinished business so they stick around and write love letters and sign contracts.