Arlene's last customer of the day is uncomfortably prickly as Arlene looks her over. She's healing up well: the only trace of the rod's presence is a scattering of flowers rising up from beneath her flesh, their lines sketched in blisters and bruises and knotted scars.
Florence refuses to meet her eyes when she finally steps back and peels off her gloves.
"... well, you seem to be healing up okay, unless you want me to clean the traces off?"read more