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Jumbling Towers - "At The Cashier's Station"

Thor ground a pill into the counter, and his watch alarm went off. One-fifteet-teet-teet. He quickly inhaled the pill and took a needle from the drawer. He squeezed a section of his stomach like a sausage and shot it in, cold. He had been chatting with an eighteen-year-old, twelve years his junior, in a sexually explicit way for days. His neck ached and his vision seemed to have a gradient to it, like faded sunglasses, the tops of everything seemed purple. Today seemed to be a comedown day for the two unlikely lovers, no more talk of fluids or empty pillows or swollen anything. She was talking about the pain in her feet from working co-op at the hospital for five hours on a Saturday. She had an adolescent flare for poetry, and typed: "pain is like a story." He thought about his heart, a strained ka-tha-bump, and his left leg like a meteor or a thousand summer sparklers, and typed: "pain is like a story the way a song is like a hallway." A pause, the sounds of children too young to know who Bruce Springsteen was, or is. She replied: "...identical?"

"unrelated."

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Posted by Dan at February 23, 2013 10:19 PM
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"you travel through it?"

Posted by Ryan at February 25, 2013 8:12 AM

"you have to put up warning signs when it's still wet?"

Posted by Ryan at February 25, 2013 8:15 AM

Oh my, this is excellent.

Posted by ian at March 27, 2013 4:26 PM
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