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Plague Doctor Tale Two
By Paul Gresham
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What happens when
1Avoid him like the plague
The old man intercepted me almost as soon as I turned around the corner and I looked around to see why he had stopped me instead of somebody else, but there was nobody else around, the street was deserted.
I flinched when I saw his face, it was a mass of sores and boils that were oozing with blood.
He was about six feet six tall and strongly built, despite his age, which I guessed was about sixty.
Suddenly he grabbed hold of me with both hands and pushed his terrible face close to mine.
When he opened his mouth it was in a high pitched kids’ voice that sounded as if he was singing a song.
“Ring a ring a roses” he sang.
“What the hell are you doing? Let go of me!” I yelled at him.
“A pocket full a posies” he sang.
“What are you talkin’ about?” I yelled.
Suddenly he lifted me up and swung me around as if he was dancing with me.
“Atichoo! Atichoo!” he sang.
Then he let go of me and pushed me backwards so that I fell on the sidewalk.
“We all fall down!” he finally sang.
He abruptly turned around and quickly walked away and by the time I got back on my feet he had vanished.
I saw that I must have been mistaken when I thought that we were alone because everything looked normal, there were plenty of people around.
As I drove back to the home in the Brisbane area of San Francisco that I shared with my girlfriend Hazel I thought about the meeting with the old man.
He had stopped me in a part of the city that I didn’t know very well, it was called the Tenderloin, which is roughly in the Hyde street, Turk street, O’Farrell street area.
But I had to go there because someone had ‘phoned me about a job and wanted me to meet him at a sandwich bar on Hyde street, a place called ‘Wrap Delicious’ at number 426.
This was pretty unusual because I’m a freelance advertising writer and don’t usually meet my clients in person, in fact I’ve never had to do this until I had this ‘phone call.
The usual way of meeting them is through one of the freelance writing websites that I use.