By Glen Johnson
Lobsters and Landmines is the second one publication within the Human Nature sequence, following in Lamb Chops and Chainsaws footsteps, via carrying on with to examine the darker facet of human nature, by way of delving into the darkish twisted global of the ill minded, the perverse, the psychos and sociopaths; those who show pride from hurting others. participants, who should be your next-door neighbour or your lover, even a detailed friend. examine a captain who discovers the fitting lobster bait after a violent outburst. A HIV contaminated guy who injects ladies along with his tainted blood. A disfigured ex-army bomb disposal specialist who has carved out a section of paradise for himself in Vietnam, who retains adult females as slaves and kids as gadgets to promote. Or the sorrowful tale approximately buddies who're endlessly parted on September eleventh 2001. And the airhostess Jenny who unearths the proper activity on a Brazilian airline, however it turns out they need extra from her than such a lot employers. What concerning the candy little outdated woman who wins awards for her brownies, yet what are her mystery parts? Or the doomsday prepper that spends each waking minute of daily prepping for the top of the realm, until eventually one severe mistake alterations every thing. Or a working laptop or computer company that sells its algorithmic computations to beauty enterprises, slicing out the necessity to attempt on animals, yet under floor, the sizeable desktop server hosts a worrying mystery. eventually, a businessman who realizes a bit too past due, what's actually vital in existence? Contents 1 Lobster Theodore After a violent outburst, Jim’s existence might be eternally replaced. besides the fact that, each cloud has a silver lining whilst the captain discovers the proper lobster bait. 2 Little Prick A HIV contaminated guy injects girls along with his tainted blood. One sufferer will get the final word revenge. three Man’s ally A disfigured ex-army bomb disposal professional has carved out a bit of paradise for himself in Vietnam. He collects ladies as slaves to continue to exist his farm, and kids for use via his American consumers who fly over yearly. this present day is the day they come, yet no longer every little thing is going in response to plan. four Towers of Tears On September eleventh 2001, acquaintances are eternally separated. five healthy for the task Jenny’s scientific checkup clears her for a task as an airhostess for a small Brazilian airline. notwithstanding, it sort of feels they need somewhat greater than so much employers do. 6 The final Cake Grace has received each baking pageant she has ever entered. She has only one cake left to make prior to she hangs up her oven-glove. yet what are her mystery components? 7 Lockdown A doomsday prepper has every little thing he must live to tell the tale any finish of day’s situation. His underground bunker is all prepped and prepared. notwithstanding, in his haste to outlive he has made one severe, life-changing mistake. eight Nosey Parker a working laptop or computer company is raking in hundreds of thousands of thousands via promoting their most recent algorithmic computations to beauty enterprises, slicing out the necessity to try on animals. besides the fact that, under floor, one portion of the titanic machine server hosts a annoying mystery. nine Regrets A businessman is taking a flight he has flown hundreds and hundreds of instances ahead of. At domestic, he leaves an unfinished argument along with his spouse. besides the fact that, the flight doesn't move in accordance with plan, and he realizes what an important issues in existence quite are.
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Bloody ecu dictators, transport an excessive amount of over from Europe. the US used to be additionally having a obstacle with an over abundance of lobsters flooding the industry. This time final yr, he may possibly get 3 kilos for a pound, now it used to be right down to only one pound thirty-five pence. The bastards! Jim Fuller used to be a fisherman from Clovelly, a gorgeous, privately personal village in North Devon, England, which has been within the comparable family members considering 1738. it truly is photo excellent, with its cobblestone streets and whitewashed cottages, opposed to a 4 hundred-foot cliff backdrop. His father had passed over the filthy rich little corporation to him, simply months sooner than his melanoma used to be clinically determined. All that onerous paintings. All these years, and he didn’t even get to take pleasure in his retirement. Sixteen-hour days in all climate, bringing the seize domestic to promote to the top bidder by means of the dockside. In these days, humans coated as much as out bid one another. Now all i've got is one greasy haired, pasty dickhead looking forward to me to promote to on the wharf. Jim stretched his legs; they either cracked on the knees from arthritis from an excessive amount of status in chilly, rainy climate. So right here i'm, approximately to begin one other day, attempting to rake in sufficient cash to pay the personal loan and feature sufficient leftover for money owed and nutrition. If fats Theodore didn’t consume a lot, issues wouldn’t be so undesirable. He needed to submit with the perspective and arguing from Tracy besides. She consistently complained she didn’t have funds to head out together with her neighbors, or purchase new outfits like them. Clovelly used to be attractive, however it didn’t have a nightclub or rowdy pubs, so it was once dear to need to hold touring to the neighbouring cities and towns. If she didn’t smoke sixty fags an afternoon, we'd be . She is sort of a smokestack, regularly with one burning away within the nook of her mouth. She used to be basically twenty-seven, simply 4 years more youthful than Jim, yet her consistent smoking made her glance ten years older. He could have dumped her years in the past, earlier than her son begun getting too significant and lazy, and she or he became a chimney, however the company have been going downhill even prior to she grew to become up. The small two-bedroom cottage was his fathers, left to him after he handed, and thanks to his mom passing away 11 years prior to, after a chain of nasty strokes, he used to be the one different relative inline. in spite of the fact that, he had re-mortgaged two times at the estate simply to retain the fishing company afloat. The financial institution refused the 3rd request. If it wasn’t for Tracey’s profit cash, and baby help from Theodore’s dad, they might be within the purple for all time; therefore why he stored her round. Jim rolled over and sat up. His big-callused arms rubbed down his stubbled face. He used the sunshine from a streetlight correct outdoor their bed room window to look at his tough arms. For the final six months, Tracey didn't let him to caress her physique. She stated it was once simply because his fingers felt like sandpaper. He thinks she is having an affair. He regarded down at her as she slept. Her hair used to be a multitude, all knotted and straggly. She hadn’t even troubled to scrub her make-up off whilst she had are available in blind inebriated simply after 2 AM.