Vodka Man
Bill Cook

He's the vodka man. He wears an old trench coat over green and brown camo pants. He smells like gear grease, and lives above old Miss Maggot's place. One time, my brother and I break in and we see an unwrapped baseball glove and bags of clear bottles spilling onto the floor. Mom tells us vodka man was once the boy who broke into people's houses like us. Now we see lots of clear bottles cutting through the woods, on our way to school, lying in the bushes. He always screws the black caps so tight.