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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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Given 2013-03-10
Flesh and blood is by *GentlemanAnachronism. ( Suggested by Kaz-D and Featured by neurotype )
:iconmenollysagittaria:
MenollySagittaria Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait, so was this guy vegetarian?
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:icongentlemananachronism:
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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:iconmenollysagittaria:
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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:iconxdark-stormx:
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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:icongentlemananachronism:
GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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:iconinsanelemur:
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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:icongentlemananachronism:
GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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:iconswansisters:
swansisters Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Congrats on the DD!!
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:icongentlemananachronism:
GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks!
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:iconmysticdragon01:
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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:icongentlemananachronism:
GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much indeed. I don't normally use second person, but almost all the pieces in this section of this series have ended up being in it - I wanted to pull the reader into the protagonist's head, make them feel and see the things he does.
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:iconmysticdragon01:
mysticdragon01 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure. The story has certainly succeeded in that aspect - in fact, I think I might just have to read through the rest of your gallery. ;)
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:iconfuck-if-i-know:
Fuck-if-I-know Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Well done its good I like it and so short too and unexpected
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:icongentlemananachronism:
GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks!
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:iconryanisnasty:
ryanisnasty Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Congratulations on the well deserved DD!
:huggle:
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:icongentlemananachronism:
GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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:iconryanisnasty:
ryanisnasty Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Your welcome :)
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:icon0hgravity:
0hgravity Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
vivid visceral imagery.

well-written, ambiguous but interesting.

congrats on the DD.
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:icongentlemananachronism:
GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much - am glad you like.
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:iconkeldren-stormraven:
Keldren-Stormraven Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Writer
They say write what you know I am not so uncouth as to ask but from my own experiences I say you have the PTSD flashback side of things well in hand. Very powerful and excellent imagery.
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:icongentlemananachronism:
GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for commenting - am glad it packed the punch I intended.
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:iconkeldren-stormraven:
Keldren-Stormraven Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Writer
Quite a punch indeed it is visceral and cloying... I can feel the slickness and smell the bile... I can almost hear the screams and groans of the dying... Then snap, back to dinner... Excellent...
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:iconedge4923:
edge4923 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
not creepy at all :P
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:icongentlemananachronism:
GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
XD Well, I wasn't entirely aiming for creepy.
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:iconshardokami:
ShardOkami Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student Artist
you should write horror movies
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:icongentlemananachronism:
GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I have been tempted, I'll admit...
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:iconshardokami:
ShardOkami Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student Artist
You should then
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:iconqueenienirvana:
QueenieNirvana Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well this was amazingly creepy!
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:icongentlemananachronism:
GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks!
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:iconremembertheginger:
remembertheginger Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Let me see if I can guess.
I'm reminded of post-traumatic stress disorder with the italicized bit--- a soldier who went to war and came back scarred, or something of the sort. And the memory just seizes him at the moment he's trying to cut the steak because the mind makes connections without really intending to.
Something along those lines?

It's a beautiful piece, honestly. Dark and very visual, well-worded and nice and quick. I commend you.
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:icongentlemananachronism:
GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much indeed for commenting, and you're pretty much spot on with the interpretation.
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:iconremembertheginger:
remembertheginger Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad to know!
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:icon13gothmoth:
13gothMoth Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Excellent job!
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:icongentlemananachronism:
GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks!
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:icongrimdarkelusive:
GrimdarkElusive Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Seems to me like getting visions from the war you were in. The feeling of meat made you think of the guts of someone you had to kill.

...That's just me, though.
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:icongentlemananachronism:
GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're half right. If I tell you the character was a Corpsman, that might give you the info you've not quite got.
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:icongrimdarkelusive:
GrimdarkElusive Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I have no idea what that is. XD

That's just what it sounded like to me~
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:icongentlemananachronism:
GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A Corpsman's basically a Naval medic - this guy was a Corpsman with the US Marines. The bit you've got wrong is the context of the dying guy: he was one of his allies he was trying to save.
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:icongrimdarkelusive:
GrimdarkElusive Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Ahh, that makes sense!

Yeah, this poem-story-thingy is very intriguing. Dark, yet sad, now that I know the story.

(By the way, I love your icon.)
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:iconlostgryphin:
LostGryphin Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
wow - amazing!
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:icongentlemananachronism:
GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks!
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:iconsakuradreamerz2:
SakuraDreamerz2 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Holy cow...this is freaky cool!
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:icongentlemananachronism:
GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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:iconsakuradreamerz2:
SakuraDreamerz2 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
You're welcome!
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:iconadrienne-paynter:
adrienne-paynter Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
O.O
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:icongentlemananachronism:
GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Good O.O or bad O.O?
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:iconadrienne-paynter:
adrienne-paynter Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Good! This was freaky!
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:iconkawaii-rainbow4:
Kawaii-Rainbow4 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*claps* Well done. This is better than anything I've read. Congratulations on the Daily Deviation
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:icongentlemananachronism:
GentlemanAnachronism Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! Am pretty sure the praise is undeserved, but thank you nonetheless XD
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:iconkawaii-rainbow4:
Kawaii-Rainbow4 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:3
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