Video Review: No Mercy “When I Die”

A twentysomething woman carries a candelabra as she walks in the hallway of the mansion. She opens the window and watches the leaves fall from the trees. Marty, Ariel and Gabriel sing in the hallway. The twentysomething woman and man laugh as they hold his jacket over their heads as it rains. They make out between buildings.

The twentysomething woman pauses as she sees the Grim Reaper. She runs after the Grim Reaper in the alley. The Grim Reaper carries the twentysomething man in his arms. She searches for them on the bridge and inside the buildings. A 10-year-old girl unravels some yarn and ties wings on a doll. The twentysomething woman lies in bed.

She washes her hands in the bathroom sink and brushes her hair. In the bedroom, she puts on a black veil and gloves. On the balcony, she looks at the city. She sits with the coffin in the boat as it rides along the river. Several people walk behind the carriage holding his coffin.

Rating: 5/5

A chill runs through the twentysomething woman’s arms as she passes by the alley. The twentysomething man had been found there. She had shouted for him and told him to come back to her. He asked her to follow her. The Grim Reaper cackled and told her to hurry.

At night, she closed her eyes and asked the Grim Reaper to take her. It would be easier. She would be with the twentysomething again and live some form of life. In Paris, she saw the Grim Reaper as she ate in the cafes once. He was trailing behind a fortysomething man. She did nothing. There wasn’t anything that could be done. It was already determined.

She walks in the park and feels a coldness within her. Turning her head, she sees the Grim Reaper standing next to her. She asks him what took him so long. He says he had some traveling to do. She takes his hand and tells him, “let’s walk.” The Grim Reaper says for her to lead the way.

Director: N/A Year: 1996

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit ,Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine . Fevers of the Mind, and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology.