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And so Lindsay left the room while Molly paused in her salad-making to smooth out her tight blue dress and to ask her husband how she looked; the Jaspers whispered uncomfortably to one another; and Virgil sipped his drink in the no man’s land between the two couples, wondering which pair it would be more polite to engage with. In the end he deemed it best to engage with the grilled eggplant. Before long they heard the front door shut, followed by Lindsay’s light steps on the hardwood floors accompanied by an unpleasant, squelching shuffle. She appeared in the kitchen doorway first. An attractive woman with shoulder-length blond curls, Lindsay was only in her mid-thirties, and the cancer had taken everyone by surprise, especially Virgil, fifteen years her senior, who had lost his first wife to cancer only five years ago. Her smile tight, she glanced behind her and gestured for the cancer to present itself. What shambled up behind her shocked everyone in the kitchen (save Virgil, of course, who ruminated his eggplant). They had all seen it last year when Lindsay and the cancer had still been attached, but at that time it had just been the size of a dark golf ball sprouting out of her right shoulder blade. Now, at eight feet tall it loomed over her, a black mold golem, moist and dripping onto the Italian porcelain tile floors. “Oh . . . lovely,” Molly gasped, red lips quavering. Aaron put down his cocktail, swaggered over, and shook one of the thing’s many appendages. “Nice to meet you, sir. Name’s Aaron Johansson—” he trailed off, looking at the strange, wet stain left on his hand. However, not wanting to be impolite, he rebounded quickly. “Quite a grip you got there. Virgil, of course, you know. That over there is Molly, the old ball and chain.” “J-just . . . delighted,” Molly tried (and failed) to brighten, the intensity of her fear ramping up. Page 58 | The Paragon Journal

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The Paragon Journal - Issue Ten  

The Paragon Journal is an online literary journal that specializes in helping younger authors find their way in the literary world.

The Paragon Journal - Issue Ten  

The Paragon Journal is an online literary journal that specializes in helping younger authors find their way in the literary world.

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