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Sam’s job was to collect souls. Many of them didn’t know they’d passed on. It was his responsibility to usher them into the afterlife smoothly enough so they’d go willingly. Otherwise, they would insist on lingering in the plains between the living and the dead.
Sam eased his tow truck to the side of the road in front of the broken-down Ford Focus. Hopping out of the diesel, he grabbed his clipboard and ambled over to the dusty sedan. The couple inside were passed out, shoulders leaning against each other, mouths hanging open, the woman bellowing a hearty snore.
He ran his fingers through his greasy hair, then tapped his ignition key on the window. “Hello?”
They jerked awake. The woman fumbled for her glasses and squinted at her watch. Pressing her mouth into a grim line, she pulled a small notebook from her purse and scribbled. The driver rolled down the window.
“Need a tow?” Sam asked and grinned.
“Well it’s about time you got here!” the blond, clean-cut man man snapped, and pushed his door open so fast, Sam jumped back.
The woman scowled and scribbled some more.
Sam shook his salt-and-pepper head and smirked. Yep, these two are going to need a little convincing. “Sorry ’bout that. If you can take the car out of gear before you step out, that would be great.”
Huffing and sitting back down, the man yanked at the stick shift between the two front seats, jiggling it back and forth to be sure it was in neutral.
“And the emergency brake, please,” Sam reminded him.
The cranky man released the brake. Stepping out of the car, he slammed the door and tugged at his grey suit, now wrinkled from sleeping in the vehicle.
Sam handed him the clipboard. “If you wouldn’t mind filling this out for me, I’ll get the car hitched up and we’ll be on our way.”
“He wasn’t in the mood…to persuade these numbskulls to move on to the sweet by-and-by.” Continue reading