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It was summer. The city cooked without breeze. My neighborhood had finally had enough and went out

looking for the fiend who’d been lighting fireworks all throughout the nights.

At first it was fun. We met neighbors, toted beer. Kids brought squirt guns and flashlights. My boyfriend

held my hand as we ran alleys, through the park, following the pops. But the men were serious.

When they cornered him, the bomber tossed firecrackers into the air, like confetti at a party. We

blamed it on the heat, the men going sour like that. And we were tired, so tired. He was different, you

could tell by his face. He had a lunchbox full of M80s and sticks, popsicle sticks, and some sad letters and

photos. They started push- ing because it was so hot. He moaned. Or giggled. I ran when I saw someone

lift the brick.

No one talks about it now. Still, after a while, on that night, the neighborhood got to lighting fireworks.

But only on that night.


from Stranger, released December 9, 2014



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Cretin San Jose, California

Formed in 1992 by guitarist and vocalist, Marissa Martinez, and bassist, Matt Widener, Cretin was the Santa Cruz Mountains' answer to the wave of death metal and grind that was infesting the scene. They spent two years with a multitude of different drummers and ultimately put the band on hold to focus on other things. ... more

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