Bad Almond: A Short Story
By Kevin T. Goddard
Published by Kevin T. Goddard at Smashwords
Copyright 2011 Kevin T. Goddard
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My hand slips inside the clear plastic sandwich bag my wife had stretched herself to reach in the cabinets above the stove. The tops of my fingers brush against the lip of the bag. When I stop to think about it, I’m amazed at how deftly my middle finger clamps an almond against the fingernail on my index finger. How did evolution teach an amoeba to do that?
The elbow bends and my fingers release the almond as I snap it towards my mouth. I’m not really sure how far away my fingers are from my lips when I release the nut, but it lands true. My teeth catch the crusty almond and bite down. This is the moment: is the almond good or bad?