What Happened When Frank Died: The Slab



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19 thoughts on “What Happened When Frank Died: The Slab

  1. I like hidden details and/or keeping things in the realm of heavily-suggested-but-not-confirmed. So I was palpably excited reading the start of this story when Charlie set on fire. We know he died of cancer (memory holding?) so the nature of this afterlife and its punishments became obvious.
    That’s why I’m writing this, because I was just disappointed when Charlie directly explained what was going on. Thought I should mention this, since you talk about the webcomic et cetera. But then, maybe it’s just me who’s annoyed by a plain explanation like this.

    That said this story did have good unexplained detail… It took me a while to put together that they are the age they committed their sins at, despite the obvious clue of Sally. I just assumed Charlie wasn’t that old when you described him that way, then I got what was going on.
    But this detail’s ‘useless’ compared to the greater detail of Charlie burning. The age only further confirms that he was linked to the fire, which we already know.

    I would like to say it is at least fun in this one (and a trickier mystery) to estimate how ‘strict’ or even ‘accurate’ each afterlife is. At first I was misguided by this – why should Charlie suffer for, what we can assume was a just killing. I wondered if perhaps, horrifically, some of the children were still alive (=> Charlie killed David), but I doubt this. Because the Hell is innacurate. Frank’s worst crime was very obviously driving his wife to suicide, yet he’s punished for self-murder. Charlie killed a man – this Hell says murder is murder – doesn’t matter that the victim was the filth of the Earth. This is probably a Hell specifically for murder I guess – only that would mean Sally probably drove someone to suicide too, but isn’t this place blaming only the self-killer? So maybe innacurate Hell is the better term.

    Also, I want to say that Charlie is laughing mostly because he’s aware (or convinced) he did a good thing in this sin of his. Therefore, again, he did not kill David or the others, who were probably all – err, I don’t want to say it – not altogether at that point anyway… If I’m wrong and the twist is Charlie did it… Fuck you Flash you’re misleading us!

    Real last thing to say. So Charlie’s everywhere, but now we know he’s linked to events. Therefore is Sally somehow linked? And, I guess, John?
    … I say no, and a story’s a story. Sally’s still just a crazy cat lady (with a guilty consciounce, we now know), and John’s just the real Hell’s punishment. On us all.

    Fuckin’ John.

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    1. Haha you are very close. I don’t want to say anything that would give it away. But Charlie might lie sometimes. Like about dying of cancer. So I’d ignore that plot point (I only say that because I wrote that before the idea was fully mapped out and it added a bit too complex of a back story. In the final frank book I will probably take out him saying he died of cancer. But it also makes sense that he would lie.)


  2. Mystery status: still can’t make accurate sense of why David’s usually in Hell. My speculations are taking very dark turns.
    … I’ve spoken a lot so I think I’ll make my attempt at my promised ‘complete story summary’ some time next week. I’m now convinced the answer to David in Hell will never come to light, because it’s just that dark.

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