All Right

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Cover image: Pawel Czerwinski on Unsplash

All Right

I must have fallen asleep somehow, curled up on the floor. It seems hard to believe because the moment that I open my eyes I am so incredibly uncomfortable. It’s not so much a pain, but more of a numbness; I feel kind of like a part of me is missing.

It’s not until I manage to lift myself up into a sitting position that I realize the full extent of my injury. My entire left sleeve is dangling there, completely empty.

I lift up my right arm. That seems to be all present and correct. My fingers are there, all five of them, and they will curl and point, all together or by themselves.

That’s all well and good... I mean one arm is better than none, but the thing is that I am left-handed. If my right sleeve had been empty I might have mourned its loss, but I could have lived with it. Without my left arm, and especially my hand, I am nigh on useless.

It’s quite dim but I can make out enough detail to go and take a look around. I mean it can’t have vanished... can it? And if something had crept up on me and eaten my entire left limb, I’m sure I would have felt it. Besides, my empty sleeve is intact. No rips, no tears, and perhaps most reassuringly of all, no drops of blood.

I turn my head to my right, and then to my left. I turn my entire body round in a full circle, searching for even the slightest of clues. This will simply never do! Without my left arm I cannot go forward and I cannot go back. I need to find it or I am going to be stuck here forever!

I’m getting an itch on my right shoulder, and I need my left hand to scratch it. No matter how I contort myself, my other hand simply cannot reach.

And then things begin to get even worse. There is a tingling feeling spreading all over my back. Am I sick? Have I caught some kind of contagious disease, like chicken pox? Just when I lift my right hand up to check my forehead for a fever, bad turns to worse, for that tingle has turned into a pain.

Flapping my right arm ineffectively, I try to force my brain to think in the opposite way that it’s used to so that I can control my other hand. I’m not very good at it. No, I’m not very good at it at all. But I do detect a lump.

Feeling with my wrong fingers, I probe the lump. It turns out to be long, and quite lumpy, and when I touch it I get the most uncomfortable feeling; it’s like little electric shocks.

Hang on a minute. This lumpy thing seems familiar. I grip it, grab it, pull myself over, before I realize what I have done.

I have found my missing arm! It hadn’t gone anywhere after all, but had been hanging round the back of me.

I must have tossed around in my sleep, pulled my arm right out of my sleeve and then laid down on top of it. The tingles were my circulation, suddenly beginning to flow and making sure I knew how cross it was from being cut off.

Never mind, everything is alright now, or rather half left. I just need to rest awhile to let things settle back to normal.

 


Submitted: January 29, 2021

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Mike S.

A fine 'armed' story, Hull

Fri, January 29th, 2021 7:38pm

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Thanks so much for giving it a read, Mike.

Sat, January 30th, 2021 6:54am

LE. Berry

Brought forth so many differing possible conclusions for the person in your story...really captivating hullabaloo22.

Fri, January 29th, 2021 9:06pm

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Thanks so much, LE. And it is true that I would be next to useless without my left arm.

Sat, January 30th, 2021 6:54am

Vance Currie

You did it again. Totally unexpected. I do like it when you go weird like this, Hully. There is nothing wrong with your imagination--or your sense of humour.

Fri, January 29th, 2021 9:37pm

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Ah, thank you, Joe... but there are many who disagree. I'm really glad that you enjoyed this.

Sat, January 30th, 2021 6:51am

ratwood2

Ah, a conclusion totally unexpected. Really enjoyed how you captured those few moments between waking and entering the world.

Sat, January 30th, 2021 2:48pm

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Thanks so much for giving this a read, ratwood2!

Sat, January 30th, 2021 6:50am

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