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challenge to appreciate with the cancer’s putrescence filling the room. No one but Lindsay mentioned the maple butternut squash, everyone else merely poking the honey bronze chunks and experimenting with their taste before sequestering the dish to the hinterlands of their plates. A section of the platter of squash had begun to rot, sprouting a bruised mold. The cancer stirred everything together with plastic utensils and shoved it all into its face. It nudged Lindsay with its empty plate, and she gave it another helping of everything, which it polished off in a matter of seconds. “Such an appetite,” Carol tittered. Darren’s eyebrows made a brief appearance over the rims of his glasses in order to reproach her. Ignoring him, she addressed the cancer: “How do you manage to stay so trim?” The creature, nudging Lindsay for a third plate, turned its eye(s?) towards Carol Jasper and blinked infinitely at her. “I’m sorry,” Carol backtracked, consulting the rest of the table. “Was that rude of me? Do they not like to be called trim?” “Oh no, Carol,” Lindsay piped up, taking the plate out of her cancer’s hands. “It’s still a little shy around company. Dear—” Virgil, lost in his wine, turned towards her for a moment with a glimmer of delight, saw she was addressing the cancer and not him (the once-Dear) and returned to the dregs of his glass, “—why don’t you answer Mrs. Jasper?” The cancer shook its head, pieces of it splattering against the wall, one bit striking the tablecloth in front of Carol, who tossed her napkin on top of it, and another chunk splatting against Darren’s glasses, who obsessively ignored the wood-ear-like mass as it streaked down towards his cheek. “Don’t be shy,” Lindsay urged. Page 62 | 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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