My Sinister Side

My Sinister Side
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At first, I didn’t pay it much attention: a wafting discomfort, hardly a touch. A week later, a slight pulsation, barely a few seconds at the time. When it returned, within a few days, it was more a tightening, a pressure, followed by a twinge. Nothing to worry about. Under the left arm. Always the left.

A current shot through the length of my arm, throbbing, stopping at the wrist. Always the left.

A sharp ache in my knee. A sting in the knee of my left leg. The ankle and the leg tingling with pins and needles. The left leg. Always the left.

One at a time, I could tolerate. I could ignore. But when they came together, all the pains, all the twinges, all the soreness, strong and united, I squirmed. I held my breath. I screamed in anguish.

It was too much to bear. Too much to live with. What was I to do?

I spoke to a friend. Or rather, half a friend. He had empathy and sent me to a person who had helped him. No, he didn’t have a problem with his left side. But he wanted to appear as half man, and half invisible. He needed to be cut in half. ‘His new shape,’ he said, ‘offered infinite opportunity.’

‘Here is the address. No need for an appointment. He is in demand,’ my friend said, handing me a business card, ‘but he works around the clock. Like an assembly line. You will be seen in no time.’

And so I went to the man cutter. Man and woman cutter, to be precise.

You must agree, he did an excellent job. He cut away my sinister side, leaving my better half. Aesthetically, it is more pleasing too. I feel whole again.

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About vesna main

Vesna Main was born in Zagreb, Croatia. She is a graduate of comparative literature and holds a PhD from the Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham. A lecturer at universities in Nigeria and the UK she also worked at the BBC and as a college teacher. Book length-publications include: a novel, A Woman with no Clothes On (Delancey, 2008), a collection of short stories, Temptation, A User’s Guide (Salt, 2018), and a novel in dialogue, Good Day? (Salt, 2019). Her autofiction Only A Lodger … And Hardly That will be released by Seagull Books in June. She lives in London.

Vesna Main was born in Zagreb, Croatia. She is a graduate of comparative literature and holds a PhD from the Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham. A lecturer at universities in Nigeria and the UK she also worked at the BBC and as a college teacher. Book length-publications include: a novel, A Woman with no Clothes On (Delancey, 2008), a collection of short stories, Temptation, A User’s Guide (Salt, 2018), and a novel in dialogue, Good Day? (Salt, 2019). Her autofiction Only A Lodger … And Hardly That will be released by Seagull Books in June. She lives in London.

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