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Fuh-REEDUHM! “Hold still.”Fuh-REEDUHM! by ~Darjavine
I sighed. It was three o’clock. One hour ago, I was on the road, heading for the States. It was to be the road trip of a lifetime. I, who lived up near Anchorage, Alaska, was going to visit my family, the majority of which lived in Oregon. In my Chevy Classic, I had packed all kind of snacks, along with a number of Alaskan souvenirs, since no family members come up this way. It had all been perfect. Until one hour ago, when I saw something unusual on the highway.
“Look,” I muttered at the kid, the something unusual, “if I buy you a lollipop, will you promise to sit still so I can clean your cuts? They look really bad.”
The kid pouted for a moment, then in a big huff, “Fine.”
That’s right, I had found a six-year-old boy standing on the side of the road. Bruised and cut up p
Argus ApocraphexOf the many tiny beads of sweat that had formed on his forehead, two fell down, further soaking his already dampened brow. Suspended, he floated upside-down in a padded room, dreaming without consciousness of his body or its position in space.
His mind reeled from slide to slideimages of adolescence pooling together and then streaming into an old time film: The Life and Times of Donald A. Silver. The yellowed silent movie showed a young man smiling and leaning against an old Chevrolet sedan. Cigarettes burnt the corner, and he was dancing with the woman he'd asked to marry him. But in the center of the shot, a blur grew from the inside of the lilies on her wrist. A quick rewind to remove the obstruction, but instead it continued to grow across the bare chest of a flexing boy at the public pool. And finally, it consumed the picture and gnawed it to the pit, leaving behind a carcass to rot in its old age.
The man awo