he had a name, which he had no trouble remembering, though other people often mispronounced it.
it was dark.
he came to the house he lived in.
he went inside and turned on the light.
he went into the small kitchen and took a fried chicken tv dinner out of the refrigerator.
tv dinners had gone out of style but he still liked them.
he turned on the television.
he had formerly been a sports fan and watched football games and other sporting events on television but they caused his blood pressure to rise dangerously, and he had no interest in politics or the news, so now he watched a channel consisting of easy listening music with accompanying soothing videos of meadows and sunsets and waterfalls and beaches.
when he finished the tv dinner he washed the aluminum tray and put it in the recyclable trash and went to bed.
he had a dream in which he went on a date with a pretty blonde girl with straight white teeth wearing a white dress. he talked to the girl about himself and about his job as a sales representative but she did not show much interest, and he woke up.
he went back to sleep and woke up in the morning without remembering any other dreams he might have had.
his next day was much the same except that it rained, whereas the day before had been cloudless and bright.
he had a job, which occupied his time five or six days a week, at various hours, on a staggered schedule.
sometimes at a desk in an office, more often visiting various places in the city, and sometimes even outside the city.
he kept careful track of the mileage of his company vehicle he traveled in, as the company was notoriously strict on this matter. he kept the vehicle in as close to perfect condition as he could, sometimes even spending a little of his own money on it, as the company was very suspicious of their employees scamming them in this regard.
he had a room in a downtown apartment complex with over 20,000 units.
he seemed like a perfectly normal person.
but what nobody knew was the contents of his dreams and fantasies.
he had the most terrible, violent, disgusting, unspeakable, loathsome, unforgivable fantasies of any human who ever lived.
the so-called worst humans who ever lived - caligula, nero, gilles de rais, henry viii, vlad the impaler, christopher columbus, the marquis de sade, hitler, donald trump, mitch mcconnell. would have turned from him in disgust if they could have seen the continuous movie running inside his head.
quinley never made any attempt to record his fantasies in any way, either on paper or digitally, or to confide them to a psychiatrist or priest or any other human.
the fantasies flooded his brain throughout the day, at his desk at the office, in the company vehicle, and during his polite and smiling interactions with the company’s customers and contractors, and they especially tortured him at night in his room, when he was alone and unobserved.
finally they overwhelmed him and his brain burst and he died.
after a couple of weeks, the company managed to contact a half sister who lived in kansas, whom quinley had never met, and she arranged to have his body cremated.
his dreams died with him.
who knows how many like him may walk the streets and drive the roads of the earth?
he dd not think that was a cool place to be from so he always told people he was from rochester new york.
all went well until albert appeared on a small syndicated quiz show called “you know what?” snd won a few thousand dollars answering questions mostly about american college football, of which he was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable fan.
on the show he claimed he was from rochester new york, but a couple of people from his home town of trenton new mexico recognized him, and filed a suit against him for disrespecting trenton new mexico by being ashamed to admit he hailed from it.
the suit was eventually dismissed, but lawyers got all the money albert had made on the show, and a bit more.
albert never appeared in any shade of the public limelight again.
when he died many years later, in mansfield ohio, his brief obituary misspelled his name as albert quipley, and incorrectly listed his place of birth as parsippany new jersey.
there are three types of creatures in the universe -apples, bananas, and cantaloupes.
there are 5,000,000,000 apples, 5,000,000,000 bananas, and 3 cantaloupes.
the apples care about other creatures, and want them to be happy, to be free to do whatever they want, to be equal to each other and to respect each other, to never hurt each other, and to sing and dance in the sunshine.
the bananas hate all creatures, and wish to enslave them in meaningless and repetitive tasks, to torture them and grind them down, to fill their minds with terrifying lies, and to watch them suffer and to laugh at their suffering.
the 3 cantaloupes are blank. after 1,000,000,000,000 years, each of the 3 cantaloupes will decide whether to become an apple or a banana.
if at least 2 of the cantaloupes become apples, the apples will rule the universe forever, and if at least 2 of the cantaloupes become bananas, the bananas will rule the universe forever.