Division by Jessica McHugh

She wanted to see its insides.

While the other kids were cringing in revulsion or spouting clichés about the moral implications of dissection, Marion was wishing they’d shut up so Mr. Harvey could hand out the scalpels. With fascination glistening in every careful incision, her partner squealed, just as disgusted by Marion as she was by the dead cat with its flesh peeled open like a jacket. But Marion didn’t care about Tonya’s opinion. She didn’t care about the whispers calling her a “serial killer in training”. She was just curious, and knowing that, she also somehow knew that her curiosity made her better than Tonya. The final cut revealed a perfectly framed interior, and Marion was amazed. The cat’s innards were so similar to her own, and that knowledge made her happy. It was as if learning anatomy was the same as getting to know God.


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9 responses to “Division by Jessica McHugh

  1. I like this. You’ve created a scenario that reveals much about your character while providing a visual that’s fascinating.

  2. Unusual and compelling story, really like this!

  3. len kuntz

    yes, very quirky but compelling. great last line.

  4. what susan said, plus i can so relate. i loved the dead cat lab, loved learning how the body is put together. the last line elevates this story. peace…

  5. While I am one with moral qualms about lab directions, I can appreciate the mc’s appreciation of the beauty of anatomy. Very well done!

  6. this is such a fascinating portrait of a young mind/thought process at work. i so like how confident she is in herself and picture her growing up to be a doctor..

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  8. Interesting internal POV, the lovely interest in the inner body and dissection. While not for me, I can certainly appreciate the intimacy that this provides.

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