The Growths

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I’d had them ever since I was a kid.

I can remember being incredibly self-conscious about them, hiding them in my pockets under books and bags. The kids at school never said anything to my face, but I knew they were laughing behind my back.

I remember asking my parents to take me to the doctor, to get them checked out. The growths on my hands seemed to be the elephant in the room back then, since they’d just say I was fine and change the subject. But I knew better.

I had tried to remove them as a child, but without avail. Scissors, knives, potato peelers; trying to cut or scrape them off was always a lost cause because I couldn’t continue once the pain kicked in.

But today was different. It’s amazing how numb you can get with a couple of tourniquettes and a bottle of Jack Daniels. I was originally planning to use a sharp knife, but figured that trying to slice through the tough flesh of the growths would be too arduous in my drunken state. I opted for the slightly more technological plan B.

I had to hurry though. I was already pretty light-headed and was starting to feel dizzy. My hands and forearms, nearly blue from the lack of circulation, couldn’t wait much longer either. The whirring of the blender helped to put me in a sort of trance–ready to do what I had wanted to do since I first looked down at my strange deformities.

I shoved my left hand in first. The immediate sensation of sharp blades slicing through flesh was jarring, but I was surprised at how well the alcohol was working–I expected it to hurt more. I could hear the sharp metal churning and cutting, working perfectly as planned. I pressed my hand down harder. All those bad memories, all of the embarrasment–all of those horrible things were now nothing more than a thick red pulp.

Breaking from the feelings of ectsasy, I pulled out before the blades hit knuckle. I smiled, taking a good look at my new hand. As for the growths–well, five down, and five to go.

Original Author: Flighty

18 Comments on 'The Growths'

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  • Commented on December 21, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Uh, but shouldn’t he have noticed that everyone else has the same growths? I’d get it if he thinks they’re crazy for keeping those, but why does he think he’s the only one with the problem?

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  • Commented on January 10, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    I like this one, very vivid storytelling, good style and I did not expect the twist 🙂

    But I have to agree with nana, that he didn’t notice everyone else had them too is just not logical.
    I think the story (especially the impact of the twist) would benefit from resolving that issue.

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  • Commented on February 5, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    *head explodes*

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  • Commented on March 11, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Is it kinda like the twilite zone where every thing is different. Like all other people didn’t have so called growths (which I think are fingers) but the person in the story did

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  • Commented on December 4, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Whaaaaaa???

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  • Commented on October 27, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    I liked it. I don’t understand completely (yes, they were fingers but did no one else have them or was he crazy?) but I like that about it. It’s not as interesting if you explain everything to death.

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  • Shannon
    Commented on December 12, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    I think he was referring to his fingers

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  • NAT
    Commented on December 16, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    coool

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  • Bebe
    Commented on June 16, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Yeah I kinda knew from the point you started talking bout growths oh hands it would be your fingers so the ending didnt have the same inpact. sorry.

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  • Commented on June 19, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    This is an awesomely twisted story.

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  • LeonardDaniel
    Commented on August 2, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    As it goes, if you can’t scare them, bore them. If you can’t bore them, gore them. You have to distinguish between descriptive language and needless shock value. One takes passion, the other is like babbling, you could do it all day long. Think constructively towards the overall arch of the story, keep away from the pitfall of gore: remember scare first gore last, the very last resort.

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  • Commented on November 6, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    like someone had said before me, i gotta agree with Nana, wouldn’t he notice everyone else having the growths? like if hes mentally ill their might be a reason that you could think of but taking this into account it ruins the twist

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  • Commented on June 6, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    They were his fingers -.-

    But why were the kids laughing at him if he didn’t have any weird growths?

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  • Commented on June 26, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    That was interesting. Very cool.

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  • Commented on July 26, 2016 at 1:05 am

    What just happened

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  • Commented on August 31, 2016 at 11:13 am

    I think I have to agree that he’s referring to his fingers. I noticed you spelled the word “ecstasy” in a wrong way. It’s ecstasy not ectsasy. Awesome twisted story by the way though I must agree you should do more with the ending.

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  • Commented on October 27, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    HAHA!! Great job, the twist really got. Ha I can’t stop laughing at this one. But nice descriptive detail made me cringe.

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  • Commented on February 21, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    This was really interesting until the big disappointment that they were just normal fingers. Not very creative.

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