For August, the first of a series of custom-commissioned short stories offered as incentives for contributors to the “Skin Horse” volume four Kickstarter drive.
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The fat man on the other side of the white Ikea desk gave Remy Sage-Marron a little leer.
“So,” said the fat man. “What exactly is the state of the funeral industry nowadays, Mister Maroon?”
“‘Marron,’ actually,” said Remy. “‘Sage-Marron,’ to be exact.” He waved a hand. “Don’t get too hung up. I know I’m me, and so I’ll go by anything.”
“All righty, then. So, how is business, then?”
“Business is dead,” said Remy, sitting back in his white Ikea chair, smiling a little in the hope that the fat man might think he was trying to be clever.