The one about lunch

He knew from the moment the bowl arrived he had made a terrible mistake.

It was broth. Broth. Even the guttural sound of the word suggested something nasty. Something deeply unpleasant.

It was broth like your Ma used to make with a great big shin bone in a giant pot for a whole week of dinners. On Monday it was disgusting. By Friday you were wishing for death.

The texture was cloudy. No, murky was a better word. Like when you were a kid and you put your welly into the mud at the bottom of a puddle.

But it didn’t taste like puddle water. Good God no. It was so much worse.

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