Letters from After, Day 9

Dear Mr. Buncio:

Thank you for your service as designated recipient of mail from People’s Prisoner LPX-1139. Acting as a sounding board is a sometimes difficult but often therapeutic role for our mentally ill clients.

I regret to inform you that your service is complete, as your friend is deceased. He developed symptoms two days ago and went downhill very quickly. I am sorry for your loss — I know that is a common thing to say and can sound insincere, but as the supervisor of his barracks I get to know everyone personally and it truly hurts to lose a client, especially when they are showing progress as your friend was.

Facilities like ours perform a necessary service in these troubled times when misinformation and dangerous ideas are spread like a deadly virus among the people. Support from friends like yourself is an invaluable aid in the recovery process. We all were encouraged by LPX-1139’s progress and confident he would have soon been healthy enough for a full re-insertion into civilized society.

A modest compensation will be placed in your digital account as our thanks for being such a valuable advocate for your friend in these challenging times.

Yours very sincerely,

Published by WarrenBluhm

Wordsmith and podcaster, Warren is a reporter, editor and storyteller who lives near the shores of Green Bay with his wife, two golden retrievers, Dejah and Summer, and Blackberry, an insistent cat. Author of Full, Refuse to be Afraid, Gladness is Infectious, 24 flashes, How to Play a Blue Guitar, Myke Phoenix: The Complete Novelettes, A Bridge at Crossroads, The Imaginary Bomb, A Scream of Consciousness, and The Imaginary Revolution.

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