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Melissa pried back the white plastic lid and tipped the bucket unceremoniously over a large sieve.
A hand flopped out and lay there in the plastic mesh, palm up, fingers curled.
She leaned over to get a better angle through her thick plastic mask. Female, looks like. Huh.
Once the hand had drained, she lifted the sieve and flipped it over into a lined container marked BIOHAZARD. The hand fell wetly on top of the sundry pieces already laying there; a gallbladder, a kidney, a tumour with the eye and lid still attached.
The mask she wore was chafing again. She scrunched her cheeks, trying to unstick the rubber gasket that was gouging a raw red ring into her skin. It wouldn't budge, stuck slick against the sweat beading on her face. She sighed, the sound amplified oddly behind the industrial mask.
Better get a couple more done before break, she thought.
Sighing inwardly, she reached for the next bucket. The shelves were full this time; it would take her the rest of the day, easily, and maybe some of the next.
It hadn't been her first choice, this job. It wouldn't be anyone's. But it was necessary.