They pulled their sleeves over their noses and went into the putrid apartment. Inside were two dead people in advanced stages of decay. Maggots crawled on the bodies, and flies buzzed in swarms like in the back of the old Berlin garbage trucks parked by Peter’s house. But Anna decided death could be dealt with and the apartment could be their home.
Anna and Eddie awkwardly carried the bodies, wrapped in old rugs, down the stairs one at a time.
Once outside the building with the second body, they were intercepted by a police officer. “Drop them. Now,” he said, covering his nose from the decaying stench.
“They need to be buried,” Anna said. “I will be glad to—”
“They will be taken care of,” he said.
“But they are very dead,” Eddie said.
“You must be new here,” the officer said. “Do what you’re told or you will end up like them.”
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