William von Reese
Copyright 2009 by William von Reese
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Pepper picked up the hard copy of his manuscript and tapped the edges on his desk to align the stack, then dropped it into a used cardboard container, beat up from many round trips across the country. He was thinking, Here goes four hundred and thirty-three pages of bond paper that had cost him a fortune to print at Kinko's. He was not going to edit this turkey novel ever again.
Dropping the stack of paper into the box had the finality of burying a corpse. Pepper felt a mix of relief and regret. The book was, after all, his brainchild. And he was killing it off--if not outright murder, a belated and retroactive abortion.