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Micrograffiti: * by Amelia Gray

08/09/2010

* by Amelia Gray

At the base of the subway stairs, she stabbed him in the stomach with a bone-handled knife she had brought for the occasion. “You are exactly like Barry Bonds,” he said, reaching for the rail and sliding his hand down the wall.

“Stop saying that.”

The floor smelled like warm meat. He looked at the blood in his hand and thought about how he had touched the wall and floor before the wound. “Lunch went so well,” he said.

“You’re a liar and you never loved me.”

“Barry Bonds said, ‘Those boos motivate me to make something happen.’ Barry Bonds said, ‘I’m not afraid to be lonely at the top.'”

“This is why you got stabbed. Everything is funny.”

“I’m going into septic shock.”

“You are not.”

“I feel like Jon Lieber after Bonds smacked number 713 off the third deck. I want to lie down.”

“You’re fine.”

She seemed confused so he showed her his hand. The pain was heady but already subsiding. He had a vision of what a bacterial culture of the subway floor might look like, blooms of e. coli like the flowers she had bought with his money.

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Amelia Gray is the author of AM/PM (Featherproof Books) and Museum of the Weird (FC2).

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Micrograffiti is a project edited by Stacey Swann. The writers were asked to respond with fiction to Ben Walters’ photographs of the South London graffiti tunnel. Click here to read more >>

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5 comments

  1. Touchdown!


  2. Uh, home run!


  3. […] New fiction up at The Owls. […]


  4. ah…i get it, the asterisk, Barry Bonds, very clever, nicely done as always, Amelia, unexpected, and i love that last line:

    “He had a vision of what a bacterial culture of the subway floor might look like, blooms of e. coli like the flowers she had bought with his money.”

    remind me to stay on your good side


  5. […] * by Amelia Gray […]



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