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 Category:  Horror and Thriller Fiction
  Posted: October 19, 2018      Views: 35

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Faceless yet voidless, with no form that can ever stop trying to grow. Some may call this survival instinct viral, or parasitic. Yet it is the only way to keep moving on . . .

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A family that had already fallen apart continues downward.
"The Lonely Progress of Hunger" by Lance Polin

Gregory, also being dead, could remember when his brother was alive. He was his idol, more like a god than a blood relation. Their parents had died in The Great War, their father a brave soldier dissolved by mustard gas and their mother with the International Red Cross, helping the injured only to die of an infection one of them passed on. And so Samuel raised him.

This was difficult for both of them, Sam being only three years older, and just sixteen at that when he was given guardianship. And Sam was nowhere near as smart as Greg. But he was brave. He was strong. He would do anything to protect what was left of his family.

They had a sister too, Sissy her name was, and she was very young, two or three or four, and all she did was scream and cry. Gregory was the one who usually took care of her, Sam dropping out of school to get a job building the Great Northern Highway. And Greg had come to hate his little sister. She had never learned to speak. She ate everything put in front of her, whether it was food or not. She was still in cloth diapers, and they had run out of clean ones years before, having to wash the increasingly soiled rags over and over until they would finally fall apart. After that Sissy was treated like a dog, sent out in the back yard to do her business.

One day Sam came home and told his brother and sister that the railroad was finished and that there wasn't any more work. He said that they had to do something drastic. He told Greg to figure out how to make corn liquor so they would be able to survive.

At fourteen the only subject at school that Greg was not adept with was science. Chemistry in particular baffled him. He panicked over the idea and tried to tell Sam that he would never be able to do it, but Sam slapped him. Twice. He grabbed his younger brother by the shoulders and said, "If you don't figure out how to do this we're all gonna starve! Can you imagine what that little bitch will be like if we stop feeding her?"

They were silent for a moment. "That's it," Greg said. "Let's stop feeding her. If we run out of food and money I guess we can always eat her."

Sam eyed his brother and then simply nodded his head. "Make the hooch anyway. I want to get drunk."

And so Greg tried. He poured some paint thinner and lighter fluid and bacon fat into a pot and put it in the fire. He spit into it. He dumped some of the mounds that Sissy had left out back into his mixture. As a finishing touch he held her over the pot and let her pee into it. Then he tossed her into the pot as a last step and put the lid over it. It cut off her screaming immediately.

Greg fell asleep and Sam was drinking some moonshine he had gotten on his last day at work. He passed out in a chair. The mixture in the pot got very hot. The lid blew off. Everything lit on fire and it spilled out and spread and burned everything inside the house. By the end the bones of the whole family had charred so much that they could not be distinguished from the burnt shingles.

And the moral of the story is that you'd better know something before trying anything stupid.

Author Notes
The author thinks this series of horrible events is funny. He does not care about his characters in this tale at all and it was a great joy to torment them.
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