i promise i wont hurt you

look over there please sir,

beneath that pile of newspapers.

do you see it? it’s small so you have to be careful not to damage it.

pry it out using only two of your gentlest fingers.

be careful not to tear it. the material is fragile and yellowing from age.

be careful not to dismember it. the joints are loose and the flesh is falling off.

be careful not to hurt it. the nerves lie cautiously close to the surface under the thin skin.

please sir, bring it closer.

i promise i won’t hurt it.

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