His name isone.
The monster remains anonymous. If
you happen to see him, even from the corner
of your watery little eyes: say nothing, the tile
is your concern. Interest yourself in the grout, even kneel
to observe the crumbs accumulating underneath
the water-stained cabinets. Count from thirty till he takes
what he wants, then you may rise, but never,
not once in his presence.
Keep all your weapons labeled and stored far
from the monster, maybe in a mattress or behind
the fridge or even the crawlspace. Remember,
not every weapon is sold as such. Items to watch
include but are not limited to: lamps, phones, notebooks,
e-mails, forks, pills, self-esteem, gasoline, and
your sense of self. The monster can smell even a slight
change in your chemical composition when you choose
to be happy or sad or depressive. He might not like
anything about you at all, so it's best to become
nothing at all.
When the monster bites off your assistant's finger,
don't take her to the hospital. Let him pull