The broom wasn't as comforting as a flamethrower would have been, but it was better than a mop and certainly more threatening than a feather duster.
I don't know if this deception qualified as a half-step down the slippery slope. I had no sensation of sliding. But of course we never notice the descent until we're rocketing along at high velocity.
Death came, Death went, but Commerce flowed Eternal.
But this animal's unadulterated joy in being alive was like a spotlight that pierced Travis's inner gloom and reminded him that life had a brighter side from which he had long ago turned away.
Truly evil people aren't given the license to linger. The fact that you've been here so long since death means you don't have any reason to fear what comes next.
Darkness doesn't fall at a predictable schedule. Darkness can overwhelm you any time of the day, as you know well.