“And, the next option is to file jointly with your spouse,” said the accountant softly, prodding the relevant section of the paper. “It won’t let you write off business expenses like an LLC will, but-”

“I don’t have time for this,” said Burkette. “Just tell me about the cheapest option.”

The accountant paused, lip quivering. “You interrupted me.”

“Yes, yes I did, because I don’t like having my time was-”

“If you interrupt me again,” the accountant said, still very soft and flat, “I will carve your heart out of your living chest and show it to you before I eat it while you bleed out on the floor.”

Burkette’s jaw came abruptly unhinged. “What?”

The accountant, whose expression and tone of voice had not changed, looked back uncomprehendingly. “What?”

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