Pseudopod 146: The Button Bin

By Mike Allen

Read by Wilson Fowlie

Willett’s thin, angular face, with the stubble-shrouded cleft in his chin, remains handsome, or would have without the fleshy puckers where his eyes once were. But it’s as if those scars can see, because he turns to you.

You’re finally here, he says. His voice sounds choked with grit.

Do you know where Denise is?

He laughs. It’s a bark tinged with hysteria. Yes. Yes. Lenahan has her. He put us both deep under but he only kept what he wanted from me. Denise, he kept all of her. He planned to all along.

Who’s Lenahan?

Maybe, maybe — and now he’s struggling to speak, as though someone just told him an incredible joke and he’s still gasping for breath — maybe if you ask nice he’ll bring her back. He wanted me to tell you if you asked. He told me to.

Who is he?

And Willett tells you.

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June 15th, 2009 10:54 pm

didnt we see this one before?

June 16th, 2009 10:50 am

I really wanted Sean to be good…….not a filthy molester of his wayward neice. Other than that the story was great!

June 21st, 2009 9:05 am

Excellent. Most excellent indeed. I wondered why I was skeezed out by Sean from the very beginning….

June 26th, 2009 11:22 pm

Clever, dark, and well paced.

July 5th, 2009 4:26 pm

Great story, drew me in and kept me hooked. I loved the descriptions of the button bin and Lenahan.

July 9th, 2009 10:40 am

Wow, I liked this one. Unique and very creepy the whole way through.

August 5th, 2009 12:38 pm

I’m in love with you, my Adonis.