Vanity: Rage against Nature


As we enter the seaport guided by shadows and lights used by boats and ships to enter and leave the harbor, we pass a series of boats tied to their docks, the sounds of ship horns and the clanking of channel markers fill the night air.  Leaving the seaport’s harbor, we visit the ever populated city of New York, where tall buildings and crowds of civilians move through the streets like waves in an ocean.

In this city lives a man named Jay, a 28 year old student who attended Queensborough Community College with a slim build, dark hair and metal frame glasses. He has a friend named Alexis , who he met when Jay was visiting the American Museum of Natural History to write a research paper on the Paleo- ecology of the Green River Formation. She’s a 33 year old woman who volunteers as an exhibit explainer, working at the fossil halls. Jay’s mother was staying with her friend Carl, while he was at home with his girlfriend, working on publishing his paper to a scientific magazine.

Alexis has a friend named Lilith, who is married to a lawyer named Gary. Lilith is a 35 year old woman who is tall and curvaceous, with flowing black hair. She has an intense love for wild animals and got a job at the Coney Island Aquarium as a docent, studying the biology of aquatic vertebrates during her training and educating the visitors on preservation and conservation of habitats in which these species thrive in. Lilith has loved everything about her life, except her lawyer husband who is a business lawyer, who views his wife as the barefoot and pregnant type of a  person, who must submit to him. An abusive tyrant her husband was and he tends to harbor a traditionalist mentality when it comes to women, even his own wife. Jay and Alexis received an email from an editor from Discover Magazine named Elisa. The email described the submission guidelines for submitting articles into publication.

Alexis also considered changing the title of the article to make it more “people friendly”, keeping the scientific knowledge written as the information as taught by scientists, while also adding other information to it and making the article more accessible for laymen and museum visitors to enjoy. Alexis and Jay decided to promote their work as a  book on paleoecology, and submitted the work to a publisher who specializes in books on nature and science. Later, Jay told his mother all the good news about his book. “Ma, I have some good news today? He said smiling. “What’s the good news? his mother asked. I just promoted my new book and submitted it for publishing” Jay said. “Well, that’s great, it good to see you doing something you love, I always supported you” she said. After visiting his mother, Jay and Alexis went to see Lilith at

Bellevue Hospital to make an appointment with Dr. Gonzalez, her psychiatrist... that’s right, Lilith, because of the stress of her hazardous relationship, she requested the help of Dr. Maria Gonzalez, her psychiatrist who specializes in relationships and family services. Dr. Gonzalez asked Lilith to come and join her in a roundtable discussion with other abused women to talk about their own relationships and share solutions to problems. “Alexis, I’m not embarrassed to say, that I don’t hate men at all, and I ‘m not a feminist , but I just hate my husband... he is an asshole and kills my vibe in any way possible, and he’s very abusive to me mentally... a toxic mix of destruction and sexiness... he is” she said. “I know is hard, but you’re trying to do the best to keep from breaking down emotionally and physically as you can Lilith, especially with these psychiatrist visits with Dr. Gonzalez... I really hope they help. ” Alexis replied. “ Yes it does.” Lilith replied.

As night fell upon the city, Lilith was asleep, having visions of her husband’s abusive nature of a history of beatings, forced sex and berating, which made her angry, and she thought to herself that she took a trip. Lilith went along to seek her prey, the alpha male bastards she called “unsavory”. And so, she stole through 42nd street pursuing men who reminded Lilith of her husband Gary. As she came closer and began to ease herself in on her enemies, only to find them inside sex clubs and prostitute rings. Lilith witnessed a young man beating his girlfriend in the face, with a tire iron.  When the man left her, he strolled into the alley where Lilith waited for him. As a woman bent on vengeance,  she began attacking him with claws and fangs rapidly as he screamed, where Lilith began to cannibalize the man’s body from his head to his toes. Hours later, with the woman lying on the ground bleeding from her head, Lilith then returned to her and escorted her to Bellevue Hospital in an ambulance, where she would receive medical attention for her wounds. The horrific images of abuse have been clamoring in Lilith’s mind, had long subsided... At least for now.





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