Pain & Paranoia
Copyright 2012 by Jeff Sherwood
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The itching in his leg consumed Jason’s attention as he sat in his bland, beige cubicle. He scratched at his shin with the heel of his shoe, while trying to keep a smooth rhythm of clacking on his keyboard. He answered his phone without stopping the rubbing at the front of his shin, just above his ankle. The digging of his shoe heel caused an aching and a bruise throughout his shin, but only stopped the itching momentarily.
Jason could barely concentrate on his phone conversation. Once he hung up the phone he smacked his hands on the keyboard and pushed away from his desk. Yanking up his slack leg, he raked the front of his leg with his fingernails. The tingling sensation of the itch was gone, but he continued to dig his fingernails into the skin. The scratching felt so good. The front of his leg turned bright red.
“Jason, do you have the file on … Will Marco … finished?”
Deep in his scratching, he never noticed Tiffany appear over the top of his cubicle wall. Jason peered up at her as if he had just been caught in a gruesome deed. His hair had fallen across his reddened face. His eyes were wide and he was panting.