Sunday, October 27, 2013
Benign, by Caroline J. Orvis
When was the last time I featured the first published story by an author in this column? It may have been this one by Raymond Goree last year. In any case, Ms. Orvis offers us a unique story of revenge.
The subtitle for this issue of Malfeasance Occasional is "Girl Trouble," and in this tale it refers to female biology. The narrator had a biopsy to look for possible breast cancer. It left her with permanent pain and she isn't getting much sympathy. After all, pain is subjective; maybe it's all in her head. Why isn't she just grateful that the results were benign?
She doesn't see it that way. Two years, three months, and five days of constant pain has left her bankrupt, alone, and in high rage.
I started stalking my breast surgeon almost by accident. I was sitting in my car weeping, again, after the latest useless appointment.
Well-written story with an ending I did not expect.