This article is sticking in my mind and refuses to leave, I uncover new levels of the absurdity of the human condition each time I reconsider it, this is my L'Etranger, this nameless journalist is my Camus, this is the impetus for my existentialist awakening
Still absolutely gobsmacked
How did this come to be, was he called to ID the body?
"Excuse me, may I speak to Mr Keville?"
"Mr Keville, could you please come down to the temporary morgue? We have a body down here that we believe is yours and we would like to have you identify it, if possible."
'Of course, I'll be right down.'
How much did the body look like him? What was going through his mind at the time?
Truly Charles Keville is a hero of his time.
@witchfynder_finder "Heya, Chuck."
"Heard a weird thing this mornin'."
"Oh yeah? What's that?"
"Heard you'd been kilt and they had you down the morgue at the police station. Glad to see it ain't true."
"Well, that's _passin'_ strange, Steve. Guess I better get m'self down there an' sort it out, then hadn't I."
"Seems so. Have a good one, Chuck."
"Thanks, Steve. You, too."
@witchfynder_finder I'm all for lawful acting when it means you get to do something completely nonsensical with no effect
@ben Honestly I think just walking in and saying "nope" is the best possible response to this scenario, like, you can get mad and yell or whatever or you can just do the thing and be entirely flat about it
@VioB I liked it, but a lot of that might have to do with the translation I read tbh
Definitely didn't walk away with any Profound Understandings, though
Kind of want to wade through the local newspapers for something 1% as good as this.
@witchfynder_finder Imagining the alternative: "Wait, that is me!" (Checks pulse and fades into the hereafter)
@RecursiveRabbit Sounds like a Monty Python sketch
"Yup, that's me."
'But you're standing right here.'
"And I'm telling you that's my body right there on the table."
Less unsettling than a guy walks in and says, "Holy shit, that IS me!" and falls over dead.
Then when they have THAT body on the slab, another guy walks in and says, "Holy shit, THAT is ME!" and falls over dead.