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It's the things you don't expect that gall the most.

Like the steak. You didn't like steak, before - cultural thing, probably, and the taste of it never appealed even if that hadn't been at the back of your mind - but it wasn't more than a general issue of preference. Nothing that actually impacted your life in any way.

Then, one afternoon, you're making supper - you and your daughter, while your wife's out at work. Since both the girls eat steak, you decide you'll cook some for them (just because you don't eat the damn stuff, doesn't mean you can't cook it). You get the packet out of the fridge, and that goes fine. Get a knife, slit the plastic, peel it open. All fine, all usual. Reach in to pick up the steak- and that's when it goes wrong.

-the feel of his intestine slick and bloody under your fingers, the whole thing fucking warm and wet and moving against your hand, everything stinking of blood and vomit and shit, trying not to think too hard about the fact you're elbow-deep in the guts of a guy you were sharing what passes for breakfast out here with this morning, trying not to think about the fact you know he's got a wife and kid back home, trying not to-

You're not sure what happens next - too much at once, you think, when you've got your wits together - but the next thing you know you're doubled over with one hand braced against the table and the other covering your mouth, trying not to vomit over the start of the supper. You're shaking, and there's sweat pricking on your forehead, and your eyes are shut, and everything sounds like you're hearing it from underwater, and you realise (somewhat belatedly) that the sodding knife is trapped blade-up under your palm and you're bleeding all over the brand-new kitchen table (and isn't that a fine example to set the kid with regards to safety around sharp objects?).

What feels like a lifetime later, when you've finished vomiting into the sink and cleaned the table and made a start on actually getting some sort of supper salvaged from the mess, your daughter will ask you what happened.

It'll be five years before she gets a proper answer.
Because.

Mutantsverse, darker side thereof - [link] for the 'verse, [link] for more of the darker ones.

Any questions, ask away -this is a deliberately obscure piece, so not knowing the whole of what's going on is pretty damn understandable.

EDIT: Okay, I have literally just got back from a LARP event, and....arghohgodsflail. Thank you so so much for the DD - am pretty sure it's undeserved, but hell, all of the thankings (more coherent thoughts when I haven't just clicked on my inbox and discovered sudden bizarre amounts of message)


Mutantsverse (being my take on a 'verse created by =IllustratedJai)

Sandbox
Conversations Overseas 1: [link]
Conversations in the Sandbox 1: [link]
Conversations Overseas 2: [link]
Conversations in the Sandbox 2: [link]
Conversations Overseas 3: [link]
Conversations in the Sandbox 3: [link]
Conversations in the Sandbox 4: [link]
Conversations Overseas 4: [link]
A Mouthful of Sand: [link]
A Mouthful of Sand: Coda: [link]
The Little Things: [link]

Moving On
Home for Christmas: [link]
Medal: [link]
Aftermath: [link]
Perceptions: [link]
Flesh and blood: you are here
Nightmares: [link]

Politics

Face-off (Pelita): [link]
Face-off (Mal): [link]
Safe: [link]

Formalities and Family: [link]
Lies to tell small children: [link]
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:iconmenollysagittaria:
MenollySagittaria Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait, so was this guy vegetarian?
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GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Nope, he's just never liked steak (culturally Hindu on one side of his family, and just doesn't like the taste of it anyway).
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MenollySagittaria Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, okay. So did he eat any other type of beef?
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xDark-Stormx Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Wow, this reminds me of one of my waking dreams. Well written, congrats on the DD
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GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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insanelemur Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this, it's a perfect example of a great short story.
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GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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swansisters Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Congrats on the DD!!
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GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks!
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mysticdragon01 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't usually like second person, but that and the vivid imagery serve to make this very haunting. A great read; congrats on the DD. :clap:
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