2420. Grateful for small mercies

When Chloe lost her head it was terribly dramatic. She lost her head not in a figurative way, but literally – when she crashed her car into a power pole. At the same time she also lost both arms and everything from her belly button up.

“Thank goodness she still has two legs,” said her mother, “else she wouldn’t be able to get around. I’m more than aware of the sacrifice I have to make to feed her through tubes in her knees. It takes up a lot of my time. But how lucky can one get? One has to admit that when the specialists sewed her two legs onto a wooden plank so she could walk again she was lucky to survive the operation. It was touch and go for a while. One must be grateful for small mercies.”

“Of course,” continued Chloe’s mother, “she costs me a small fortune in shoes, but it is balanced by her not needing anything else to wear. And if she’s feeling creative – mothers know these things – I decorate her legs with removable tattoo thingies and sometimes with ribbons.”

“When her legs are all dolled up what a pretty picture she presents. Everyone who passes in the street stares mouth agape in obvious admiration.”

16 thoughts on “2420. Grateful for small mercies

  1. umashankar

    Chloe is undoubtedly a cockroach, which indicates that the story is set in a period when humans have evolved into creeping arthropods and roaches rule the planet. One can but give in to the overpowering pathos of the proceedings.

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  2. noelleg44

    Oooh, gross! You are in a rare writing mood today. I immediately thought of the actress and sex bomb (as she was thought of at the time) Jayne Mansfield who literally did lose her head in a car accident!

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