Wow, I just read all of this.
All of you should live in my head.
A more disquieting thought than what if we did is the possibility that we might already.
Well, there's one way to find out.
How many neighbors have you lost to the fetal zombies in the sewers in the last week?
Neighbors? I don't have neighbors I have peering things. Vague and menacing silhouettes in the windows, street lights reflecting on glassy eyes between the slits of the blinds. I have people I see raking leaves, shoveling snow and scraping...something, something scraping that I see from my window. Then when I go down to see them the street is deserted.
The cars move. At night there are more of them and during the day there are less. They are the same cars and they are in different places, but nobody ever drives them. People pass through the street, by the cars, but nobody stops and nobody gets out. One of the cars was in the same spot for two and half years and then it just wasn't.
An old woman downstairs from me sometimes asks me to bring in her mail while she's "away." But when she's there I never see her anyway. All the lights are off in my building when I get home from work. The man in the adjacent apartment has a television on all the time and I can hear it in my bathroom. I don't see them. Any of them. Just peering things.
Moving vans come and go, always to the same house. All the rest of the houses must have permanent residents because otherwise it wouldn't just be that one house that has the moving van. I mean the peering things have got to be people, right?