November 2

2nd Day of the Dead

 

Chances are pretty good that you’ll know some of them.

Their appearance will be a bit of a shock.

It’s not like a friend you haven’t seen in a long time.  Not like they’ve gained or lost a bit of weight.  Hair’s gone gray, wrinkles formed under their eyes or at the corners of their mouth.

No, these changes will be a lot more dramatic, especially for the folks who’ve been underground longer.

Or ones who had a harder coffin shell to splinter with their bare hands.  Or a longer way to dig to the surface.

They’re gonna look pretty scratched up.

Even if you’ve watch a lot of those autopsy scenes on TV police dramas, you’re not ready.  Hell, I’ve actually assisted on a few autopsies, and I’m pretty nervous.

Prepare yourself.

These are the adults tonight, and some of them might be strong.  Don’t be fooled by holes in their faces or in their torso.  If one arm’s hanging by a thin tendon, that doesn’t mean the other one couldn’t tear into you.

Don’t be fooled by a loved one’s face in the shambling crowd.  Your parents or grandparents, siblings or grown-up kids.  Your friends or neighbors.  It’s not them anymore.

If you can’t handle putting them down, call one of us.  We’ll take care of it.

Okay, that’s enough pep talk.  It’s getting dark.  They’ll be here soon.