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I was fortunate enough to find enough writers who understood what I was trying to do, who were passionate Springsteen fans, who grasped the notion that his music could influence their writing. How it would all come together was something I could only, in the beginning, wonder about. If I had any fears, they were quickly squashed as the stories began to trickle in. The authors did exactly what I asked of them. They shared my vision and my passion. They each took a step–and in most cases, many steps–beyond the lyrics.
How did it get like this? ” “Why? ” “Fuck. Okay. I was out of a job. Darien was great. He set me up in my place, paid the rent, still pays for most of it. You think I can afford even this mouse-infested shit box for what I make at the restaurant? He’s been around a long time, more than a year, Mac, longer than I’ve known you. ” “You need to get away. ” Silence. “Call the police. ” “He’ll kill me. ” “Ha! You think that’ll stop him? ” Mac clenched his teeth together. It felt as though matches had been struck behind his eyes, pinpoints of red hot.
Now your heart beats faster, the way you hoped it would with her kiss. You know what he wants. The knowledge is inside of you like the chain that brought you to this place. He wants you to turn away and leave Jody on the sand with him. The shore ghost wants to share secrets with his sister. Turn away. Walk back to the avenue where the living go round and round. You push Jody away, gently and with great care. Her eyes are bright and expectant as if anticipating a compliment or proposal. And you turn away to look at the boardwalk and the wall of light rising behind it from the circuit.