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It’s Just a Painful Mouth

by Billy Schear

She is a housekeeper from a foreign land, with skin as creamy and dark as a melted Milky Way. She used to work in the gift shop until her thoughtful supervisor decided it best that she toil where the guests couldn’t see. It’s all for the best, she could hardly speak English anyway. Now though, no matter what language she is speaking, only low garbled tones come out. Ever since that night at the bus stop when her lower jaw received a kiss from a loaded .22 she has been able to do little more than drool while listening to the echoing giggles of the maniac who gave her a new face. Her sister gave her a Sesame Street bib to wear at work so that her uniform will stay free of pus and spittle; no one feels sorry for her, no one even knows she exists, after all is said and done she’s just a fucking housekeeper.

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Billy Schear, 24, generally agrees that suicide is just a state of mind. He is currently a photo journalism student who is unlikely to graduate due to a complete lack of interest in self improvement.

7 comments:

reynolds said...

Raw. Stunning.

mgirl said...

Wow!

bob clay said...

Real horror isn't about spooks, ghosts and demons. Real horror is about people and physics.

Very powerfull.

Madam Z said...

I am filled with sorrow for the housekeeper. I am filled with hatred for the "maniac" who did this to her. And I am filled with admiration for you, Billy, for showing us, so artfully, this dark underbelly of our society.

L said...

That is freaking funny!

Margery said...

I thought this was good. If you come back, would love to know what inspired it.

billy said...

Thank you all for your kind comments. In answer to your question Margery it was inspired by a girl who I worked with, a beautiful young woman who was genuinely lonely as she could not speak English very well and had few friends who could speak her home language. She was never shot in the face (as far as I know) but I wonder what it would be like if she ever was. How sad would that be? Why do I wonder that? Because I am a sadistic asshole I think. Also I think life sucks for house keepers as it is, but especially if they are disfigured. Thank you for liking it enough to ask.