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“Oh sure, we have all kinds of interesting disagreements on the golf course,” Darren nodded. “Why one time—” Aaron, at the end of his tether, snorted. “It’s damned rude is what it is.” Lindsay offered a pleading look, apologizing again. “Forget it, Lindsay,” he railed, both touched by her prettiness and infuriated by Virgil’s unwillingness to take control of the situation. “It’s got nothing to do with you. God knows you didn’t choose to be burdened with the thing. Listen, buddy,” he pointed with his gloved hand at the cancer beside him, which responded with a disorder of blinks. “We’re trying to have a civilized dinner party here for Pete’s sake. If you can’t be more polite, you can go wait outside . . . for Pete’s sake,” he faltered, hoping no one would notice the repeated phrase that betrayed the flicker of terror as the cancer stood up, towering over him. “D-dear,” Molly said, afraid the cancer was about to wolf down her husband. “Well, what are you going to do? You’ve got some gall trying to intimidate me in my own home,” Aaron said standing, clenching his fork. At only six-foot-one, no one at the table expected he would be a match for the creature. But there was no fight; it did not attempt to eat Aaron, instead turning away and lumbering out of the dining room. The five sober diners eyed each other in turn, listening as the front door opened, a gust of wind carrying the stench of decrepit flesh back into the dining room for one final, olfactory punchline. Then the door closed. Everyone heard it shuffling along the wraparound porch, finally settling onto a groaning porch swing. After a minute of silence, Molly suggested they all play Throw the Smile. Lindsay burst into tears. When Virgil, having trouble sitting upright, failed to console his wife, Aaron walked Page 67 | 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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