the floating arm

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“yup … he got him that way”

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“hmm, water can burn you I guess”

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“… was he with alone or had he had the company earlier in the evening”

“huh?!”

“…”, an agreement.

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“I’ve heard he fried of the anxiety before he got the burn’t.”

“huh!”

“…”, an agreement.

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They each then took some time to silence. No one spoke until the one finally had to acknowledge what that each one was afraid of:

“They say that the boiling water was carried in a aluminum pot”

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“the arm carried it?”

“…”, an agreement.

“huh.”

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“did it drag upright, from its elbow, and that would be how it carried the pot of water!?”

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Their fear is deterring the acknowledgment.

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“The arm came floatin’.

“around the corner at up about 4 ½ foot…”

“… some say it could’ve been more alike 5 ½ or 6 foot up …”

“huh?!”

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“…”, a good many of all ‘em gave an agreement.

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“What he do when the arm went to dumpin’ that water into the tub”

“…nah, no one can know that for certain – I would’ve stood up quick as hell!”

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“… that way the water would’ve only burnt your feet wouldn’t it have?!”

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“Yeah”

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“Uh-huh – … that’s most likely the best way to defend the arm’s water torture”

“most say that’s probably what he did do.”

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“- what – …… – ummm … what about what happened to the rest of the man in the bathtub…”

What abouT the rest of the man in the bathtub?!”

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“ how? the rest of him fry ”

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The dangerous question made everything tense again.

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“… what! was he doin’ in the tub?”

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“they say he was washin’ the dead skin off his soul…”

“then the arm fried him with boiling water?…”

“…his feet and ankles at least; his own anxiety might have fried the rest of him.”

The little boys screamed. And the campfire burned merrily merrily merrily all night long.




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4 thoughts on “the floating arm

  1. Lola Snow

    Hi, I found you through bloglistings. I’m not sure quite what I have discovered here, but I like it.
    “they say he was washin’ the dead skin off his soul…”
    That is a great line.

    Lola

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