31ST May Episode 37


January 11, 1985

Thomas shared a laughter with his colleagues as he cooked in the kitchen and trying to meet up orders sent it from the dinning of The Roy Restaurant in which he worked in as a cook. His day usually starts very early in the morning because well, people loved to eat. And then depending on who loved late nights, the restaurants were parked to late.
So he would stay and then he would cook and then he would go home, walking down the streets and enjoying the night sky.
Today was one of those days, and today like every other day he had seen him again.
He was a fine atractive man in his 30s, he had a beautiful laugh and his eyes were kind, Thomas watches him from the kItchen , there was a peep hole in which they could see the guests if the place was full or not .
This was the sixth time in a week he was seeing him, and most of the time he left before … he was through. But today, today it was different.
He figured that before he reaches home from work, the fine attractive man always branched the restaurants to eat with his colleagues. But today, he was happy that they stayed late and laughed and celebrated a birthday of one of them.
It was late when they all finally said their goodbyes and most of the cooks had gone…just a few, and He Thomas was one of the few left.
When he saw the fine man leave the restaurant, he removes his apron, washes his hands and calls it a night , then he follows him home.
He wanted to talk to this man,this man that had plagued his dream for some days now, he wanted to sit down and talk to him and tell him how he felt..
Yes, he would wait till he gets home, knock on the door and wait for him to invite him in and they would have so much to talk about.
So Thomas follows him home. Hiding in the shadows and walked behind him till he got home.
Finally the stangrer reaches home and Thomas watches him go in.
He was excited, now he knew where he live. Maybe he should just go to the door and knock on the door, he would give him his most wonderful smile and introduce himself.

He was a charmer, he would not refuse him,he wouldn’t be scared of him either. this made him happy.

Then he moves closer to the house, reaching the door he stops.
Changing his mind,he turns away from the door, and he walks back home to his own house ..
Going to his fridge he takes out a Soda, empties the contents in the sink. it was a 2-litre Soda bottle. He fills it up with gasoline then he picks a lighter,he walks back to the stranger’s house and stands staring at the house for a while. he walks up to the door and pours the gasoline under the door , making sure the bottle’s contents was emptied, then he lights the lighter and throws it on the liquid slowly creeping down the staircase and walks away..
Roy,the stangrer who he had followed home had fallen asleep with his wife and kids in the house..
His stepson and his son were asleep in the basement, and his daughter and stepdaughter were upstairs with him and his wife..The fire got to them first. .
Later in the news the next day, A family of six were reported caught in a fire, while two boys came out unharmed,the others suffered severe burns and the worst of all was the wife,Bassie. She died .
Police said the fire was caused by a lighted cigarette that was forgotten to be stomped off.
Thomas smiles reading the reports from the news paper. As he drops it on the table..he sees him, he was sitting by himself and watching the news, He was such a beautiful a man and he felt stirrings..
He would wait for him and he would follow him home, then he would have a talk with him.
But as always , instead of him to go in and talk to the man of his interest , one he had suddenly developed sexual feeling for, he would turn away and go home and when he got home he looks for a milk jug, fills it with gasoline , putting a piece of cloth into it he would leave some hanging out of the edge like a wick , like a wick to a lamptan.
Slowly he would make his way back to the stranger’s house, standing there , he would watch the house for a while. .then he would walk to the door, if a window was open or a dog hole, he would place the bottle inside the house and light the wick, the wick would burn plastic for about 20 minutes and after the fire had consumed the container, gas fumes escapes and then fire engulfs in the house…By then he is long gone..

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And he would be at the news stand, reading. . the next day. because he loved to read and by 6pm at night, he would watch the news.
Today , Tuesday 4:05, February 5th 2002 , the news said some old lady was caught in the fire.
Her name was Annie Brown, she was 93 years old. She was admitted into the hospital due to servere burns . she dies on February 14th some days later. He would laugh and laugh.

Then he would go to work and he would make some delicious meal.
He was the manager now…
Things were falling into pleasant places for him.

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He liked men in uniforms too.

He had always wanted to join the army, the marines , but he was never lucky because every single time he got rejected. it made him so mad. but it didn’t stop him from having sexual interests for them, and then he would toss an incendiary devices into police cars and watch it burn from the shadows. .
It was a thing of excitement for him.
This …Fire!!
To him, Man was synonymous with fire.. Falling inlove was like being inflamed.. if he couldn’t necessarily have them and talk to them and be with them….watching them light up in fire was enough intoxication for him.
So he never stopped.
Today , another lady was caught in the fire in the house he raised down. He chuckles .
It was June 5th 2003 today. Her name was luo Edna Jones. she dies unpon reaching the hospital.
“Oh poor poor old bat of a woman. You don’t light the burnfire in my heart one bit. ” He would tease

He would buy a cup of coffee and while drinking and reading , he would chuckle , when people stare at him he would point at the comedy section..
“Really hilarious. ..this bunch of cartoonist” he roars with laughter.

30 years later…nearly 400 fires caused by him, almost all of them fetal, causing harm to people and properties and cars. .he was getting pretty good at this.
He was 50 years old now,still energetic ,still very resourceful. .still loved the handsome men and he still loved to play with fire….

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