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“Everything  sounds delicious!” Shelley feigned excitement as she wound and unwound her long black hair around her fingers.

“Get whatever you want,” Eddie shrugged. “Looks like you could use a good meal, he joked.”

Shelley’s  fingertips had turned white; she’d wound her hair so tight.

Eddie eyed her warily. “Why are you doing that?”

“Huh?” Shelley quickly let go of her hair. “Oh, bad habit.” Shelley’s throat tightened. Her turned ashen.

The waitress brought a  loaf of bread to their table  and that’s all it took.

Shelley ran screaming from table.

Phagophobia–a legacy left to Shelley by her mother.

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24 Comments

  1. Gilly Gee says:

    Wow, really different and I learnt something as well as being entertained!

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  2. Reno says:

    Great post. Beautifully wriiten Susan.

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  3. yearstricken says:

    Nicely done, Susan.

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  4. restlessjo says:

    Susan, you’re precious, never mind precise. Can’t stop smiling at the title.

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  5. Sandra says:

    Nicely done, nicely titled. I like it when I learn something new from these challenges,

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  6. Hmm. Great story, as always, but I have a question: if she inherited this fear of swallowing from her mother, had did either of them eat enough to stay alive (and reproduce)?

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  7. Elyse says:

    Perhaps if she cut it up … ;)

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  8. Oh, I meant to mention, the title is outstanding.

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  9. Was she bulimic or anorexic, also? Interesting though. I haven’t heard of this condition previously. Nice twist.

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  10. learn something new every day — so if it had been jello or pudding she would not have run?

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