January 16, 2014

“I looked inside the holes and I saw a black worm slithering. It was half amphibian, half mammalian—its flesh was haired in parts, then slimy. The hair came off in large tufts. When I touched a finger to its back, the skin rippled, then wrinkled, the crease folding over itself to create a slightly dimply reservoir. When I touched the crease again, the skin collapsed, the membrane cut up by the sharpness of my fingernail. I imagined the skin beneath would be a bloody red but it was blackish, the red so ruby that it was barely visible amidst the moist shadows. Sometimes the interior felt velvet; at the dimples, it was wrinkled leather.”

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