Backbone Broker

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Travelin Corpse Feet
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Backbone Broker

Post by Travelin Corpse Feet » Tue Feb 22, 2011 4:55 pm

“Four dollars per vertebra. Three-hunnerd for a whole backbone.”
Behind the counterman were bones, hundreds, hung in amber liquid in jars. I stood, back half-hunched over my borrowed cane.
“And after?” I asked.
“Back’ll be good as new. We take yer old parts. Don’t ask where we got what you’re gettin’ or what we do with yours.”
The mine boss hadn’t cared when my back broke. Sent me home in a wheelbarrow, no pay. God, the look in my wife’s poor eyes…
“And, I can swing a pickaxe again?”
“Million times,” said the counterman.
I gritted my teeth. “Once’ll do.”
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Re: Backbone Broker

Post by Mr. Tweedy » Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:23 pm

It's sad that the miner will be restored only to spend the rest of his life in jail.

Perhaps he should consider poison.
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Re: Backbone Broker

Post by ROU Killing Time » Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:36 am

dert be a good'n fer a drabble boy...
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Re: Backbone Broker

Post by Rish Outfield » Sun Mar 06, 2011 3:54 am

Excellent drabble. Of course, the ending took me by surprise. I thought it was about one thing, turns out it was about something else.

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