What Shivering Meant: A Preview

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My second published story, What Shivering Meant: A Short Story Inspired Loosely on The Grimm Fairy Tale, is now available as a book on Amazon.com! Later this week a cheaper option will be available on Amazon Kindle as an e-book version that you can pre-order now! Down below is the first chapter preview and I strongly urge you to purchase the book as a Christmas gift to yourself or to others so you can follow Benji’s story!
You can buy the physical book for only $6 here!
Or you can pre-order the e-book version for $3 here!

Thank you everyone for your love and support!
Without further wait, here is the preview for What Shivering Meant !
-Pan

Fall, 1970

            The baby had been screaming in its basinet for half an hour with the nurses too nervous to get close.

“What should we do?” said one.

“I don’t know! Why does he look like that?” cried another.

“Where are his parents?” said yet another entering the room.

“They left as soon as they saw him. Which, I don’t necessarily blame them.”

As they gawked at him like in a disgusting horror movie scene, the baby still laid there crying. Finally, the nurse in charge, a taller more commanding woman, came and began questioning the others.

“Why are you all just standing here? These babies won’t deliver themselves, you know!”

“Nurse Janice, look at this baby. Its parents left without filling out the certificate.” Janice put down the chart she was examining to look over the shoulders of the other nurses. Primarily taken aback by what she saw, she then pushed her way to the front of the crowd.

“What is wrong with you girls!” she quipped. “Why hasn’t any one changed or fed him?”

“We were scared to. He’s just so…so…” one responded.

“Even with him looking so terrible he’s still twice as good as you. Now go back to the floor. All of you.” Janice retorted. The ladies left, heads bowed in shame and one remained. One who had not spoken and stared at the misshapen skull that lay in Nurse Janice’s arms, cooing and crying.

“What will happen to him?” she asked as Nurse Janice gave the baby a bottle.

“Well, with no parents we will hold him here for a month then he will go into foster care.”

“What’s wrong with him?” she continued referring to the baby’s hideous nature. Nurse Janice sat in a rocking chair and looked up threateningly from the baby into the other nurse’s eyes.

“Nothing.” She responded turning her head back to him.

This would be the last time in a long while that Benji would be treated with such kindness. Sadly, he would never remember it.

 


 

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