The Recovery Position

The Recovery Position
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Ever the stickler, he was the sort of man who bristled at the misuse of the word dilemma. Insistent upon correct usage, he never tired of pointing out to his students that technically, it should be used only when one was faced with two options, both of which were unfavourable. His thoughts turned to this as he lay naked, prostrate on the floor, waiting in vain for the pain to stop.

Through good intentions and perverse execution, he had found himself in his present predicament. It had started as an effort to extend his bedroom repertoire, to inject an element of surprise into the act of lovemaking. Of late, he and his wife had flagged, sexually. Adamant that he would not let explicit thrills slip so readily from his grasp, and with their anniversary as a deadline, he worked towards reinvigorating their moribund relationship.

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Stuart Snelson's work has appeared previously in Litro and Paraxis, and is forthcoming in Notes from the Underground. He is currently at work on his second novel whilst trying to find a home for his first, Drinking Up Time. He lives in London and can be contacted at [email protected]

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