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enemy that will stop at nothing to destroy him and that he must eventually master or die trying. He tells me that he needs to understand it, that this is the only way to make it all make sense in his head.
     He tells me that he knows his desires probably mean little, but that he hopes I'll read the whole thing, that it doesn't really pick up until chapter 9.
     He tells me he is sorry. And then he is gone.

Josh Gross's work has appeared in The Portland Review, Ooligan Press's Irreverent Fish, Alchemy, Mercury Quarterly, and Pathos Lit Mag. He lives, works, and is generally up to no good in the areas in and around Portland, Oregon.