The Cemetery Man (A Story)
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tbanarchy
tbanarchy Sometimes serious, mostly snarky author.
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In honor of the late sci-fi author Ray Bradbury's birthday today (he would have been 99-years-old), this is a story I wrote that's a, shall we say, reworking of one of his short stories that I read a while back. R.I.P., Ray!

The Cemetery Man (A Story)

by tbanarchy

Thomas drove to the cemetery where his older brother Jake was buried.

This was his first time visiting the cemetery since Jake's funeral.

Thomas got out of his car and slowly walked to his brother's gravesite.

It looked like there were fresh flowers placed on Jake's grave.

Thomas assumed they were placed there by their younger sister Kate.

She was the one who nagged Thomas about going to see Jake's grave.

Just then, an older man walked up beside Thomas and introduced himself as Ed.

Ed told Thomas he was the caretaker of the cemetery.

He also told him he was working there when his brother was buried.

Thomas and Ed engaged in some more small talk, mostly about how nice the weather was on that Spring day.

And then Ed asked Thomas, "Were you and your brother very close?"

Thomas was quiet for a moment as he continued to stare at Jake's grave.

And then Thomas turned his head and looked right at him and, with a grin on his face, he told caretaker Ed:

"Frankly, Ed, to be very honest with you, I thought my brother Jake was the biggest dickhead I'd ever seen in my life."

Without saying another word to Ed, Thomas turned and went back to his car and drove away.

Ed watched as Thomas drove away while the song "Highway To Hell" by AC/DC blared from his car stereo.

Thomas never returned to see his brother's gravesite, much to his sister Kate's chagrin.

The End

This story is dedicated to the memory of sci-fi author Ray Bradbury.

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