Peter Swanson

The Kind Worth Killing

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    every hundred years, all new people.
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    We understood that survival was everything. It was the meaning of life. And to take another life was, in many ways, the greatest expression of what it meant to be alive.
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    “Rare breed of animal,” my father had once called me, and that’s what I felt like. Totally alive, and totally alone.
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    I pictured her alone, naked under the sheets, thinking about the two men in her life—her husband and her lover—and plotting murder.
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    I kept thinking of the way that Miranda used to look at me, still looked at me sometimes, like I was the center of her universe. And then she had ripped out my heart.
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    I stayed where I was, the taste of her lips still on mine.
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    But they had had lives. And no matter how young they had been when they died, they would still all be long gone by now.
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    I hated my wife, but I hated her because I had loved her once.
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    I thought my hands would be shaky but they weren’t. I felt focused, and lost in my own brain, the way I felt when I was reading a good book and the afternoon disappeared.
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    ‘The moment of the rose and the moment of the yew-tree are of equal duration.’
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    People make a big deal of the sanctity of life, but there’s so much life in this world, and when someone abuses his power or, as Miranda did, abuses your love for her, that person deserves to die.
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    Maybe an affair with Lily would be the real revenge that I could unleash
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    I had a sudden urge to spin her around and bend her over the card table, the way I’d seen Brad Daggett fuck her, but I didn’t trust myself. I didn’t trust that I wouldn’t smash her face into the catalogs, or call her a cheating bitch.
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    I turned to the house, expecting to see a bedroom light turn on, the house woken by the sound of murder, but there had hardly been any sound.
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    The real reason that murder was considered so transgressive was because of the people that were left behind. The loved ones.
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    “I imagine she acted the way she thought you wanted to see her.
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    But then I started to think about it, to add up everything I knew about her, the different ways she acts in front of different people, and I realized that this is who she is—a shallow, fake liar. Maybe even a sociopath. I don’t know how I didn’t see this before.”
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    And your wife, for example, seems like the kind worth killing.”
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    rily as bad as people make it out to be. Everyone dies. What difference does it make if a few bad apples get pushed along a little sooner than God intended?
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    “I always say that two martinis are too many, and three is not enough.”
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