The Great Gatsby

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by Jim L. Baird

In my younger and more bloodthirsty years my sire gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.
"Whenever you feel like killing someone quickly", she said, "you should remember that they haven't been given all the powers you have. Then you should torture them until they scream like a little puppy skewered on a steel pike."
She didn't say any more, but we've always been unusually communicative in that sire-child way and I knew there was more to it than that. So I've always been incined to torture first, ask questions later, a habit which has caused me to suffer through the anguished cries and pleadings of many inveterate bores...

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