I remember my first assignment in university. Prof. Don Gibb instructed our Reporting 101 class to partner with the person beside us and write his/her obituary. I killed Genevieve Tomney in a manner I thought creative: she was driving in the mountains one rainy night, racing to get home (I can’t remember why) and her car skid off the precipice into the darkness below, igniting on contact with the rocky bottom, her charred body found in the mangled wreckage, and so on. Maybe not so creative, but definitely morbid … as was my grade.
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