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"Even the most hardened criminal needs some code to live by...perhaps it is the loyalty with which he stands by his partners-in-crime, or perhaps it the need to express publicly and concretely his contempt for a system that rejects him. Then again, it could be the precise, methodical, and painstakingly efficient manner with which he engineers and executes his heinous acts; his artistry, so to speak." Feeling deeply satisfied with this speech, I glanced surreptitiously at the harnessing table to observe the effect of my eloquence on Nathaniel, only to find that far from evincing admiration, the scrawny whelp was now emitting a series of choked blubbering noises and had redoubled his efforts to free himself from the straps and wires. A dizzying flood of rage and pain coursed through me as I staggered to the control board and turned the black dial to 70.

Date Written: December 30, 1899
Author: Jon Matza
Average Vote: 3.7143

12/30/1899 anonymous (1):
08/27/2003 Ewan Snow (5): This is a more or less perfect short in the old-school tradition...
09/10/2003 Shomer Shabbas (5): Solid. Good creepy drama. Excellent.
09/11/2003 Benny Maniacs (3): Sorry, I'm not sure I thought it was anything but average.
09/17/2003 Ewan Snow: You're not sure?
02/16/2004 Ewan Snow: I still love this one.
08/11/2004 John Slocum (5): I also still love this one.
11/1/2004 Streifenbeuteldachs (4): It's a crime that this one is rated at 3.8
03/6/2005 deliciousbrains (3): But for the wordiness this would be a four.