The Man On Monticello Street

on October 20, 2009 in Horror

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Is there something that you want? Something that you need? Something that you simply can’t find anywhere else? There is a man on Monticello Street who simply isn’t there, and he can help you.

He’s merely a trick of the light, and so you have to be looking at him to see him. He disappears if you close your eyes. That’s how you know he isn’t there.

He sells things to people. All sorts of things, but tickets, mostly… tickets for shows you’ve never heard of and to places that aren’t on any map, to clubs where the rarest of tastes are catered to.

His prices are negotiable.

They always seem reasonable at first.

All sales are final.

He can be hard to find, since you have to be looking at him to see him. Most people who do find him do it by accident, the first time. Those who feel satisfied by their first dealing often seek him out again.

Some of them even find him.

In the annals of such things as recorded by those who are paying attention, no one has ever been known to deal with him more than three times. Some people, having experienced his services that often, spend all their time wandering up and down Monticello Street looking for him again. Passersby often take them to be homeless or assume they are strung out on drugs.

It’s not a terrible assumption, really.

Eventually even the most desperate of addicts give up, though… or at least, it must be assumed that they do. They haunt the length of Monticello Street for days or weeks or longer, and then the day comes when they simply aren’t there.

Is there something you want? Something you need? Something you simply can’t find anywhere else? Go to Monticello Street and find a man who isn’t there. You’ll only see him if you’re looking at him.

His prices will seem reasonable.

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4 Responses to “The Man On Monticello Street”

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  2. ephant says:

    I like!

    It’s quite weird to hear someone’s voice for the first time, especially when you have read their words.

    I think listening to people with an unfamiliar accent almost takes extra effort. You would think it would be easy, what with television, but there’s still a small amount of extra listening work there. Perhaps I just noticed today because it is extra exhaustingly hot.

    I look forward to more audio recordings of things of yours :)

  3. Nonne Lonne says:

    Work on reducing the harshness of your sibilants. Some whistle a bit and they generally are too harsh. You could post-process them out, if you prefer, but you can improve them naturally with practice.

  4. BMeph says:

    Work on reducing the harshness of your diction critics. Some people believe that because some people can’t take hint, that it is some others’ duty (like a Paladin, hint, hint…) to be the Instrument of Blunt Force Trauma, to be, like Head-On(R), “applied directly to the forehead.”

    Can you believe the irony, that “Distrust those with a strong impulse to punish” is a quote by Nietzsche?

    Anyway, just wanted to comment: the audio may be a low bit rate, but it’s misleading to call it “low quality”. :)

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