You can read the backstory on The Book of the Wounded Healers in The Book of The Wounded Healers/(a study in perception)/Frame and Chapter 1 – The First Communication, and it may help understanding the story’s universe a bit.
Read previous chapters:
- Frame and Chapter 1 – The First Communication
- Chapter 2 – First Meeting
- Chapter 3 – How Do We Choose? How Are We Chosen?
- Chapter 4 – Hello?
- Chapter 5 – The Russians Have Landed
- Chapter 6 – Places You’ve Never Been
- Chapter 7 – Locals Versus Tourists
(a study in perception)
Chapter 8 – That Which Makes Us Happy, That Which Makes Us Sad
Jenreel points at the sign as we enter the #9 train at South Ferry. Cetaf and Beriah are at street level. They are fascinated by the stories of Ellis and Liberty Islands.
I feel the train lurch and worry that Cetaf and Beriah might be left behind.
The doors pulse shut and I’m reminded of a sphincter constricting.
“The sign is for a doctor, a type of healer, who specializes in problems of the rectum and anus.”
“Isn’t that how you people relieve yourselves of waste?”
“You people have trouble relieving yourselves of waste?”
A bag lady bumps into me and knocks me back. Her hand clutches the pole in front of me and she stands between Jenreel and me. “Children don’t. Kiddies go whenever and wherever they need. That’s why they’s always smiling.”
She smiles wide and proud and releases her bowels. The smell is obvious, although she is so wrapped in rags nothing escapes.
A buzzer sounds and the doors clamp again but open quickly, stopped from sealing by some of Notre Dame du Bags’ baggage. She waddles out and Cetaf and Beriah come in. People make room for Cetaf as he squeezes through the door.
“She has no problems of the rectum and anus,” Jenreel observes.
“I think that’s why she’s so happy.”
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