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“Simmer down, honey. Pay no attention to her. Then over here, these eggheads are Darren and Carol Jasper.” The Jaspers, white as sheeted ghosts, made movements resembling nods. The cancer said nothing, swaying in the doorway. In one of its lumpish appendages it unfurled a bottle of Folie à Deux. “Well, come in, come in. Let me take that from you,” Aaron said, accepting the bottle of wine. Bits of itself remained pulsing against the bottle. “Let me get you a drink. We’re all having cranberry margaritas. Would you like one?” Aaron escaped to the bar in the corner, where he wiped down the bottle and examined his hand, attempting to remove the stain. Lindsay glared at her cancer, making a few curt gestures towards the kitchen. “Dear, if he—if it wants to just stand there, that’s fine with us,” Molly suggested, black ringlets trembling, for the first time aware of the reek of turned flesh that would soon overpower the autumnal bouquet of the dinner. “Nonsense, Molls. Will you get dinner ready and quit minding about the guests?” Aaron said, then turning back towards the uninvited guest: “Now, how about that margarita?” “It likes gin and sugar,” Lindsay commented. The cancer scanned the room with its one, segmented eye affixed to the corner of its mouth—a hyper-mitotic cell. The sundry pupils honed in on Virgil, and at last the creature limped over on its fungal-humanoid body to the only other person it knew at the party aside from Lindsay. Meanwhile, from the bar Aaron was making a confused face towards Lindsay. “Gin and sugar?” Lindsay crept over. “Sorry, it’s all it’ll drink. Just put like ten spoons of sugar in a glass of gin.” Page 59 | 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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