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Blind Date

by Quin Browne

They kill the sweet baby cows before their eyes turn brown, you know. Pale fleshed, silly creatures, blindly trusting, going into the dark place with the filtered light, the muffled voices, growing complacent, coaxed by soft hands that touch with gentle movements, moving forward from one place to the other, no stress, content with the attention received. Little innocents, who walk into a room to see what is there, sensing no danger, held down, forced into an uncomfortable and scary position, and then it's over. She was aware of all these facts before, but it never affected her ability to enjoy veal. Now, she hates the taste of veal. It was on his breath that night, when he raped her after dinner.

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Quin Browne isn't the real name. But, it'll do. Born and raised in New Orleans; that place will always be home. Time spent in Denver and Utah, where theater became a passion. Children are loved always; a terrier travels New York City with her; life is still to be discovered in many ways. She is the author of T-Shirt.

31 comments:

ashleywilkinsonneves said...

Love this! Slowly takes you in as you give the detail description of veal-making. And then BOOM! out of nowhere...

golfwidow said...

That? Was powerful.

Madam Z said...

Quin, this is a perfect analogy, skillfully expressed. I was a "baby cow" on the night of my sixteenth birthday. The next day I was tough, aged hamburger.

Jenn said...

Really liked this - especially the detail of the smell of veal on his breath - made me feel sick.

Prince Gomolvilas said...

Whoa! Ya clobbered me at the end! :)

Adam J. Whitlatch said...

Delightfully disturbing. It draws you in and then hits you in the face with a sledgehammer. Well done.

Anonymous said...

So many levels. I didn't think you capable of this; I was wrong.

mgirl said...

Painfully powerful.

Anonymous said...

That's the most disturbing veal thing I've ever seen. Nice writing. Pass the tofu.


-Bud

Dave said...

I find it disturbing. Not the part about the rape at the end, but the image of the eyes.

Quin said...

thanks for the comments, for finding the different levels... for taking the time to read. i appreciate it all.

Anonymous said...

good

Richard said...

Utterly unsettling - and elegantly (thus ironically) rendered

The Bee said...

HOLY SHIT. Stunning.

Andrea St. Clair said...

Quin, you never cease to amaze me. Well done!

J said...

Very disturbing, but good.

Rebekah said...

I don't know if I'm the only vegetarian to have read this, but I thought that veal couldn't sicken me any more. Then... BAM.

You nailed it on the head.

Anonymous said...

I think it would have been better if you would have kept with the veal and its slaughter. The rape comes from nowhere and makes the story lose all of its great points at the beginning.

Are you using an annoymous name because you know you can't write?

Quin said...
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Madam Z said...

I have this comment for "anonymous:"

"Are you using an annoymous name because you know you can't write," (or spell) and are jealous of Quin because she CAN write?

John B said...

I love surprise endings. I actually thought there would be a lame "Castaway" ending but it really got me.

Ryan said...

Wow. Nothing short of brilliant. Nice work, Quinn.

Anonymous said...

I too, can still smell his breath. It brought everything back. Instead of the once horrific memories, I now am strong. Shame belongs to him How does shame belong to a 4 year old "baby cow"? I loved the comment of Madam Z. Funny how you can age an eternity in one day. It has nothing to do with years. Only now in midlife, do I feel my innocence. He's rotting in his grave and I'm LIVING life. Thank you for giving voice and word picture to what some coward have tried to take. (they only made us velvet steel)

Quin said...

i came back here, after a few emails, and reading the comments made here by madame z and the last one by anon.

bless you. and all who lose that innocence, no matter your age, when your will it taken away, and you are left never fully trusting again.

Bob Jacobs said...

Cooooo, Quin. What a piece. I'll remember this one for some time, I'm sure. Killer ending.

MKD said...

This is a killer. Fantastic imagery great use of analogy, and a kick at the end like a shot to the guts that make syou take a step back!

Billy said...

I'll never eat veal again without a handful of breathmints. Truly dug your tale Miss Quin.

Hal said...

If this isn't based on reality, you are a far better writer than anyone gives you credit for. Either way, it knocks your socks off.

Todd said...

Wow. That was intense!

Anonymous said...

Jeanette Cheezum

Quin, this hit home. You revealed both stories with tact.Well done.

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