Steel and Despair


Prashanth is slumped on the floor by a park bench. Beer bottle in one hand and a gun in the other. He slowly places the barrel of the gun in his mouth. It tastes of steel and despair. 

"Goodbye cruel world.." he says as he slowly pulls the trigger.

"Excuse me, are you Prashanth?" says a little voice behind him. Prashanth hides the gun and turns around to see a 10 year old boy

"Are you Prashanth, former Kollywood actor and star of 90's mega smash Jeans?" the little boy asks. 

Prashanth face lights up, "Yes, yes that's me"

"Can I have your autograph?" the kid lifts up a piece of paper and pen

Tears of joy run down Prashanths face. A glimmer of hope at last. 

"Sure kid, sure.." He grabs the paper and signs his name.

The kid breathes a sigh of relief "Thanks,'ve been served".  Prashanth eyes widen in shock. He can barely speak. 

"You're expected in court in two weeks" the kid tells him. "Your landlord is suing your for not paying rent for 6 months. Bye"

Prashanth remains frozen in shock. He puts the gun in his mouth and pulls the trigger *CLICK...CLICK CLICK* he forgot to load it. He collapses on the ground in tears. 

As he cries a dog walks by, sniffs him and then urinates on him before walking off.