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|“||Good drink, good meat, good God! Let's eat!||„|
|~ Curt Garrish|
Curt Garrish is the protagonist villain of the short story Cain Rose Up, written by Stephen King. It revolves around a college student who locks himself inside his dorm and uses a sniper rifle to go on a killing spree.
After finishing his finals, Curt Garrish makes his way to his dormitory. As he entered inside, the corner of his eye spots a beaver wearing human clothing. Harry the Beaver consoled Curt, asking him if the test was a bitch. Curt nodded and the two started a conversation. The beaver said something about dropping it in January but now he feared it was too late. Beginning to walk together, the two passed the house mother and started heading towards Curt's room. In their discussion, Curt mentioned that he believed he might have failed his finals.
Not wanting to talk about, he left Harry behind and told him he was going to take a shower. As Curt climbed the stairs leading to his chambers, the man encountered two of his schoolmates, Quinn, and a nameless short nerd. A thought came to him at the sight of the nameless student. He asked himself if the nerd would be better off dead but before he could come to an understanding the nameless student was already gone.
He slowly made his way through the corridors until finally arriving at his destination. A thought of his slacker roommate Pig Pen invaded his mind, remembering how he was now gone and he was all alone. The only things Pig Pen left behind were two pinups, two dirty mismatched sweat socks, and a statue of The Thinker. Just before placing the key into the keyhole, Curt was interrupted by the councilor Rollins. The counselor asked him if he had finished his finals and Curt said yes. With that information, Rollins asked Curt to sweep the room's floor and fill out a damage report form. Once all was done he asked him to deliver it to his room. Curt nodded and with that, Rollins wished him a great summer and walked away. A demented thought popped into Curt's head, he imaged Rollins' body in a ditch being eaten by maggots, thinking that you either eat the world or the world eats you.
Finally returning to his room, a quiet Curk looked around his now deserted room. Without Pig Pen and his disorganized ways, it truly felt empty. He could help but compare the two sides of the room, such as Pig Pen having two pinup posters while he had one of Humphrey Bogart is his role of Bogie. His bed being tidy, while the other wasn't until he left. He even reminisced of the time, Pig Pen could not stand his clean side, calling him a pigeonholer. Pig Pen even criticized his Humphrey Bogart poster, calling the actor impotent for having pistols in his hands. Returning to reality, Curt open his closet door and took out a Walnut 3-62 magnum. It was a Christmas present from his father. He himself bought a telescopic sight and attached it to the rifle.
Sitting on the bed with the gun by his side, Curt wept a bit. He couldn't believe what he was about to do and The Thinker sitting on the toilet seat made him go into a fit of rage. In an instant, the man slapped the statue, forcing it to fall to the ground and shatter into several pieces. A knock soon came on the door, and Curt quickly hid the rifle under his bed and called out to the unknown figure to come in. From the closed door, his friend Bailey came in. Curt lamented in his mind about the pity he felt for Bailey, believing he would marry a stupid girl, have stupid kids, and get cancer, no future what so ever. Back in the room, Bailey asked Curt how he went on his finals. Curt, believing that he had failed, lied to him and told him it was alright. Having congratulated him, Bailey asked Curt if he had any notes left that he could borrow. Curt retorted by telling him he burned the notes.
Before responding to his statement, Bailey watched in awe as he noticed the broken thinking statue on the ground. He told Curt that he had planned on buying it off of Pig Pen and asked him if he did that. Curt lied and said yes. A disappointed Bailey then turned his eyes to the Humphrey Bogart poster on the wall and asked him if he was going to sell it. Curt responded with a no and added that he was going to take a shower. With their conversation reaching an end, Bailey wished Curt good summer and left the room.
With no more distraction, Curt took out his rifle and began to clean it, he carefully looked inside the muzzle and check the barrel for dirt, as the weapon was ready. From his cabinet, he took out a set of Winchester bullets and placed them on the window. Not wanting to be interrupted, Curt locked the door and began to observe the outside. The first thing that caught his eye was Quinn, along with his nameless friend, playing a game of softball. A realization soon came and turned to his Humphrey Bogart poster, beginning a discussion with it. Going to the story of Cain and Abel, Curt interpreted the significance of it. God was angry at Cain because Cain assumed he was a vegetarian. He then proceeded to kill his brother and asked God how he wanted him to serve the body. Since God made the world in his image than if you don't eat the world, the world will eat you. God then told him to put on his Bogie shoes. A monologuing Curt then turned to the poster and asked him what he thought. Being an inanimate poster, it did not reply.
Curt was now ready for his murder spree. He observed his surroundings and spotted a little family of three by a car. By the looks of it, an attractive blond and her mother were having a conversation while the father packed her suitcases in the trunk.
At the same time, Bailey returned to his room, knocked on his door, and from the outside offered to buy his poster for half a rock. Curt ignored his voice and instead focussed on his targets. As he watched the girl and her mother having a conversation, he wondered to himself if they knew that at that very moment, microbes were in their intestines, feeding and multiplying as they spoke.
With no response from the other side, Bailey left Curt alone. Seeing them as easy targets, Curt shot the attractive blonde first and she landed dead on the ground. He then proceeded to shot her mother and her father in tow. Quinn and the rest of the pedestrian immediately froze in shock.
A worried Bailey knocked on the door, informing him that a shoot had been heard. Before being able to finish the sentence, Curt said, "Good drink, good meat, good God! Let's eat!". He then proceeded to aim at Quinn, who was still frozen in a panic. His first shot missed, but the second hit Quinn in the neck, sending him flying to the ground. Fearing the worst, Bailey goes to find Rollins.
The people on the street now began to run, making loud noises that amused Curt. A thought came into his mind among all the carnage, wondering what Pig Pen was doing right now. Whatever it was he, he simply said "Eat the world piggy! Gobble it right up!". Outside the room, Bailey returned with Rollins and the two started knocking on the door, demanding Curt to open. He ignored them both.
With nothing stopping him now, Curt aimed back out of the window and spotted a boy hiding in the bushes. With one final murmur, Curt said "Good God, let's eat!" and the child was dead.
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