98. Elvis Is Alive and Well
Tamara Smith sliced open an eggplant. The seeds
arranged in the likeness of Elvis’s profile. “Oh,
God!” Tamara screamed. She was The King’s biggest
. She had all his CD’s and all the
’s of his movies. She knew everything about the
from Mississippi. She had been to his birthplace
to his memorial—Graceland—in Memphis. She had never actually
him live, yet she worshipped him. She felt
she was his soul mate, because they were
born on January 8.
She always claimed that
would be alive today if she could have
him that fateful day. She had had a
feeling that morning in her own bathroom. She
that there was danger for Elvis in his
. She suspected that he might slip in the
, or maybe accidentally electrocute himself with his hair
. But she wasn’t sure. All she knew was
Elvis must not use his bathroom that day.
dialed Memphis 411, but Information told her that
number was not listed. She called the Memphis
, but they said she would have to get
line behind all the other crank callers. She
her cousin who lived in Memphis, but her
She almost died when she saw
TV news that night, August 16, the saddest
of her life. I was right, I was
, she kept repeating to herself. If only she
gotten through to poor Elvis.
Now she had
eggplant. It could mean only one thing—Elvis was
to communicate with her. She wrapped the eggplant
saran wrap and put it in her refrigerator.
next day she was going to visit Mabel,
palm reader / medium / manicurist, to have a séance.