Click off the lights.
Close the laptop, sign out, sign out, sign out.
Turn the stereo off. Cancel the cable. Disconnect the telephone, shut off the electricity. Sell your car way under market value. Turn off the water, shut up the house, lock the door.
Stand in the street. Look at the house. Pretend that there’s silence. Glance around—back and forth. Back and forth. Backandforth.
Scream. So loud. So unreasonably loud!
Back to the silence. Look around. Down the street, both ways. No neighbors with dogs. No crying children. Nothing. Nothing but you and the haze of a hot summer evening.
A cricket chirps. Curious. A curious chirping cricket. Curious. Too curious.
Run! Run! Back into the house, unlock the door. Call the power company, jam the cable back into the wall. Wrench on the water, flip on the breakers. Resubscribe to the newspaper using the reconnected telephone. Plug in the refrigerator. Toss in some new food. New food, new you.
Hear the whirring of appliances. Curious. The curious whirring of appliances.
Double click. Click, click, click, click, click, click. Click. Sign in! Sign in, sign in, sign in. Forgot password? Nah, sign in.
Breathe. Sigh. Big sigh. Big sigh of relief.
Restart. Bong! Restart. Bong! Restart.