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By GDeyke   |   Watch
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Published: June 1, 2018
Thumbnail, skin, anomalous: friction, pulling, pain. Eradicate. Eliminate. Pull – twist – tear.

Open. Bleeding. Wells up, dark red, shining. (Hold. Squeeze. Fingers a tourniquet around the thumb.)

Liquid garnet, round and smooth, resting on the brim of the nail. (Watch it. Watch it. Think of blood, and watch it grow.)

(Here, here in this blood, there is safety. Here, here in this blood, there is no sound, no light, no chaos, no discomfort. Here, here in this blood, there is a perfect place in which I fit into this world.)

It springs up, growing, clinging, and it does not fall. Thick and dark, it coats the thumb with red.

(Trapped, corner space, people on either side. Cannot run. Cannot escape. Only watch, and hold, and hide inside the blood. Wait. Wait. Do not touch – let it rest, let it grow, let it begin to dry. Wait.)

When they leave, clear the space, allow for movement – move down the bench, holding the thumb, not allowing it to spill, to stain.

At once, a voice: “Is that ketchup on your thumb?”

Half-grin, half-amused, half-confused. Answer, without thinking, honestly:

“Do you really think I’d be this calm if I had ketchup on my hand?”
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Written for the Souljournalists challenge 2018, week 1, day 1. Theme: Me. Not sure if I'll stick with this the whole month or not (honestly I kind of doubt it, in this case), but I figure it's worth a try.

Having to use at least 200 words for this made my funny little anecdote unexpectedly dramatic.

Wordcount: 200

May scrap this later.

Scrapped 10.08.2018
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Teague-Drydan's avatar
Teague-Drydan|Hobbyist Writer
Wow. Nice details!
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GDeyke's avatar
Thank you! :D
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hypermagical's avatar
Have you ever seen Hot Fuzz? :lol:
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GDeyke's avatar
Once, but it was long ago. Honestly, most of what I remember of it is a certain scene involving a model church steeple. I do remember it being good, though. :XD:
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hypermagical's avatar
Oh gosh, that scene had me dying laughing. :XD: There's also this bit with a "ketchup trick" you made me think of here. 
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GDeyke's avatar
I vaguely remember that. I'll have to watch it again sometime! :XD:
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xlntwtch's avatar
What a great ending, a double twist. It's like gymnastics. :D

(I don't know whether I can stick with this, either, but I hope we both try for a while.)
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GDeyke's avatar
Thanks! :XD:

:highfive:
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squanpie|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nope. Too creepy for me! :XD:
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GDeyke's avatar
Fair. :XD:
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