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and Dr. Shire stared curiously at the window. “Honestly,” said Rosewater, “I can’t think of anything worse than those blue curtains.” He smiled. “Doctor.” “We know you’ve been through a horrendous ordeal,” said Dr. Shire, shortening the stem of a yellow flower before placing it in a glass vase beside Rosewater’s bed, “but you shouldn’t take it out on people. We’re here to help you.” Rosewater nodded sadly. “I know, Doctor, I know…” “Well,”

said

Dr.

Shire,

checking

the

time,

“I

must

be

going. Nurse Diestrum has been assigned to aid you. She’ll be here shortly.” He turned to leave. “Be nice to her,” Dr. Shire added. “You’re in good hands.” Rosewater watched as the blue curtains continued in the breeze. beside

Then his

he

turned,

bed.

The

setting

yellow

his

flower

gaze

on

floating

the

glass

inside

the

vase vase

excited him, and so he rolled up to it. Gently, he ran his fingers along the stem. When a thorn cut into his thumb, he plucked the flower from the vase and snapped it in half. Then he brought his hand over the petals and squeezed, crushing them in a tight fist. He put what remained into his mouth and chewed, eventually chasing it with water from the vase. Then he pulled away

the

blankets

covering

his

lower

half,

ignored

the

new

stumps his accident had given him, and masturbated as the blue curtains danced some more. “The sound of your shoes squeaking down the hall amused me.” “Why,

you

must

be

Mr.

Rosewater,”

said

Nurse

Diestrum,

presenting her hand for him to shake. Rosewater

took

Nurse

Diestrum’s

hand

in

his

and

stared

longingly at it. “Mother,” he said, now running his bandaged thumb

along

her

work-worn

fingernails,

these. Long, white, and pudgy.” - 43 -

“had

hands

just

like

The Fine Line Issue 3  

The Fine Line presents its third compilation of art, fiction and poetry by contributors Francis Raven, Michael Young, Dorothee Lang, Raj Sha...

The Fine Line Issue 3  

The Fine Line presents its third compilation of art, fiction and poetry by contributors Francis Raven, Michael Young, Dorothee Lang, Raj Sha...

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