January 11, 2016

“They were all in a frenzy around me: mother and father and all the dinner guests. They chewed without looking at anything in particular. Their faces were blank but their minds were working. They chewed and gnawed and slobbered. Their faces were gray with food waste. They ate while their stomachs grumbled and their throats tightened. They choked on their food, letting it come up into their mouths, then choking it back down so that the taste was rich with acid. As they chewed, they mumbled with stuffed mouths, Hungry, hungry, hungry. Sometimes they said other things and those other things were always in reference to a corpse that was not yet within the dining room.”

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