1. "The ringing phone jarred him from his quiet desperation. A chirpy front-office woman was on the line, confirming his dental appointment for next week. Oh, Nate said, staring at the dying embers, no thank you. Would you like to reschedule? Nah. I’m gonna be dead soon, and one of the great benefits is not worrying about plaque. He thanked the puzzled silence and hung up."
- Gregg Hurwitz, The Survivor: A Novel