The combination of intoxication and freezing temperatures blurred his sight. All he could see ahead were dark buildings on either side of the road and a few flickering streetlights. He followed the pavement, counting his steps on his long walk home down Amber Street.
Harry kept counting to keep his mind active, but the road seemed to continue forever. 2500 steps later, he still had not arrived at the turn to the street where his flat was located. He halted and glanced back, then looked ahead again. There were no side roads, but one long avenue where all buildings looked the same. "I'm lost," he muttered.
Though midnight had come and gone, Harry began to knock on doors, in panic. No one responded, not a single soul who might rightfully object to the disturbance of their peace. He decided to go back the way he came, hoping he'd missed his street. An eerie silence persisted in spreading its wings, despite the commotion he made at intervals. As snowflakes fell, misting visibility further, despair set in. He stopped in front of a weathered door, and seizing a worn knocker, banged on it several times.
A jeering voice answered. "The door is open. Shut it tightly behind you."
The thin, lipless slit at the bottom of its head opened, displaying the odd jagged tooth. "Sit," it said. "I've been waiting for you. I'm Amacunda."
"He wasn't an alcoholic. Some can hold their drink, some can't. You're drinking earlier and earlier in the day. There's always an excuse. Pain, pleasure, anger. Find another relationship, a woman, a soul-mate."