Broken (P.S.) by Daniel Clay

By Daniel Clay

Until eventually that fateful afternoon, Skunk Cunningham have been an ordinary little lady, enjoying at the scale down in entrance of her apartment. Rick Buck­ley have been a typical geeky teen­ager, hosing off his brand-new motor vehicle. Bob Oswald have been a typical sociopathic unmarried father of 5 slutty daughters, charging furiously down the side­walk. Then Bob used to be beating Rick to a bloody pulp, correct there within the Buckleys' driveway, and lifestyles on Drummond sq. was once by no means an analogous back. encouraged through Harper Lee's vintage To Kill a Mockingbird, Clay's brilliantly saw and darkly humorous novel follows the unexpected unraveling of a sub­urban group after a unmarried act of inconsiderate cruelty.

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If anyone ever spoke to him before these injections, he could never remember. If anyone ever spoke to him after these injections, he could never recall. A needle would go in, the world would turn black, he would sleep. Later, sometime later, he would wake up face down on his bed or slumped in an armchair in the common room. One time, it was the sound of the telephone that woke him. Broken turned his head towards it. He stared and stared and stared. Finally, another patient picked it up and let it drop and shuffled away.

Mr Buckley said, ‘He won’t leave his room. He won’t eat any food that we cook him. He compulsively washes his body. ’ Dr Carter shrugged. ‘Why don’t you tell him to pop down? ’ ‘Then tell him to pop down. ’ ‘Doctor. He won’t leave his room. ’ Dr Carter shrugged. ‘If he’s not being aggressive towards you, I can’t come out to see him. He’s a grown man, Mr Buckley. ’ Mr Buckley sighed. ‘Look,’ he said. ‘Doctor. We’ve asked 25 D A N I E L C L AY him to come down and see you, but he won’t listen to us.

Broken reached down and covered himself up. The admissions nurse persisted: ‘Calm down, Rick. We’re not going to hurt you. We just need you to put this gown on. ’ She smiled. Broken shook his head. He kept his hands cupped over his privates. ‘Rick. I’m telling you. Be good now. Come on, Rick. ’ Hands reached out towards him. Broken slapped them away. The orderlies stood back with their palms raised. Broken breathed in through his nostrils. He had no spit in his mouth. More footsteps. Clipboards.

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