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did you ever see somebody you thought was
dead
but there they
are.
I was sure it was
her
but I didn’t know what to
do.

I thought of the whole conversation:
“hey,
I thought you were
dead.”

“well,
I’m not.”

“but
I buried you.”

“you
just thought you
did.”

then the clerk at the counter spoke to
me:
“cash or credit,
sir?”

“credit.”
I
gave him my card.

then
she walked up and stood waiting for the
clerk.

it wasn’t her at
all.
but
I saw her looking at
me.

“pardon
me,” she asked, “but don’t I know
you?”

“no,” I
said.

the
clerk handed me the credit
slip:
$32.15

I
signed it
picked up my
materials,
walked
out the back
exit.