a cure for the common block


“Little Bean” ached throughout every joint in her body, and pulled the covers off as she dripped with sweat, and back on a few moments later when her body trembled with chills. She attempted to distract herself with television, a show on painting, the weather channel, cartoons, but nothing could hold her attention as she drifted in and out of a hazy semi-consciousness. After too-long, her father returned to her side, his pants damped with water, the cuff still featuring a splash of vomit; he pressed the compress to her forehead and asked her which story she wanted to hear. She mustered a devilish grin and requested the Ransom of Red Chief, and with an equally devilish grin he began the tale of the troublesome boy and his unfortunate would-be kidnappers.

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