Sunday, February 22, 2009

Fistfuls of Fury

Arnold Crabtree held the bottle between two palms and unscrewed the lid with his teeth. The clean scent of witch hazel filled the room and Arnold poured some out. He put the bottle down, rubbing his hands in the balm to ease his swollen fingers and gain a measure of relief. The doctors said he was lucky not to have gone into anaphylactic shock but they didn’t have that when he grew up. All Arnold got was a double handful of agony. That was the last time he’d believe Tommy Blesset when he said there was honey in bee hives.

7 comments:

stephanie said...

I do not like the child Tom, though I felt a bit sorry for the adult Tom. I may need to revisit my pity!

Leatherdykeuk said...

That's about right, i think. Child Tom was a bully, but Karma kicks him as an adult.

martha said...

Poor Arnold, but anybody that stupid...

Leatherdykeuk said...

Indeed!

aims said...

So witch hazel is the thing that works on stings? I'll have to remember that.

Leatherdykeuk said...

witch hazel or urine.

martha said...

Plain yoghurt will also help neutralize a bee sting or vinegar.