Smile for Death


Smile for Death – Written by Alexander X. Laymen

Have you ever looked at death and laughed? I’m talking about a full on laugh, cock your head back, and let it all out. Those of you that have, would you please raise your hand and wave it, and if you haven’t… please do take it up. The feeling, oh the feeling is exhilarating! The thought of it sends a tingle up and down my spine.

I remember the day I started laughing at death. It was a day unlike others. Shattering booms echoed across the sky as the gods cackled at the demise of the mortals below them. Only they knew what would happen next, and I was stuck watching the story unfold. There was a car taking a left turn around a bank, and since the rain was so heavy the person inside had no idea what was about to happen to them. I knew what was going to happen, and it wasn’t pretty. Watching two cars collide is kind of like a demolition derby except people get hurt, and sometimes even visit that place beyond the living.

Even as I’m telling you this story about death I’m taking the leap myself, putting the knife to my throat, trading my smile in for a shit-eating grin as I wait for the escort that picks me up. He or she will be happy to know that I won’t struggle. Moreover, I won’t try to run. I’m going to see my buddies at the bar when I get there, and I’m going to drink for eternity.

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