Authors: John Locke
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
“YOU’VE GOT AN incredibly stressful job,” Pigface said. “But that doesn’t give you the right to engage in destructive, anti-social behavior.”
Pigface, my psychiatrist, knows about my gambling. Knows I’ve broken into people’s homes and assumed their identities while they were on vacation. Knows I’ve robbed wealthy donors while attending their parties. Knows about the random hookers, strippers, and lap dancers I’ve dated.
But she doesn’t know about the patients I’ve killed.
Not my own patients, of course. They’re more innocent than a virgin’s sigh.
I kill other doctors’ patients.
Not randomly, just those who treated me badly in the past. Maybe this one stole my girlfriend in college, or made fun of me in junior high. Maybe that one cheated on me or ripped me off. Years later they enter my hospital for a routine procedure. They don’t remember me, but shortly after I visit their room, they take a horrible turn for the worse.
They may not die, but they’ll suffer.
Just as they made me suffer.
Pigface doesn’t know about the patients I’ve killed, but trust me, she wouldn’t approve.
THIS IS AS good a time as any to introduce myself.
I’m Dr. Gideon Box, the top Cardiothoracic pediatric surgeon in the world. A fancy way of saying I fix kids for a living.
I’m extremely good at my job, but in real life I have issues.
I don’t get along with people. I’m antisocial. I don’t “mix well.” Beyond all that, I’ve had bad luck with women.
My entire life.
I live alone.
Big surprise, right?
So anyway, Pigface said, “Join an online dating service. Pick one that requires you to fill out a detailed profile, and be honest. Let the experts find suitable matches for you.”
She told me to seek women from small towns. Said they’d possess basic core values, be less shallow and self-centered than the women I’ve tried to date in Manhattan. Told me to take a week off and visit these women. Told me to be positive, keep an open mind.
“What’s the worst that can happen?” she said.
So I joined a dating website, spent two weeks narrowing down the candidates, and eventually settled on three small-town Kentucky women: Faith Hemphill, Zander Evans, and Renee Williams. These three seemed to possess the qualities Pigface recommended, as well as the one quality I seek in a woman: excessive horniness.
YOU THINK EXCESSIVE horniness shouldn’t be a factor? Does the mere suggestion give you the impression I’m thoughtless, shallow, insensitive, selfish?
I fix kids for a living.
Kids with congenital heart defects so severe, no other surgeon in the world would agree to operate on them. Kids so ill their own parents have given up all hope for their survival!
These are the kids they send me.
You think I’m selfish?
I give them everything.
Forty-nine hopeless cases have entered my operating room with zero chance of leaving alive. How many survived?
All of them.
So I’m good at what I do.
But like I said, I have issues.
I cheat death time and again, but not without substantial cost. Death takes a toll on me. On my life.
Death owns my soul.
It’s not what you think.
I haven’t made a pact with the devil, or anything like that. It’s just that I can’t stand being me. Can’t stand the stress. Can’t handle the pressure. Wish someone else could do these operations.