Novel: An Arm and a Leg

Excerpt: AN ARM AND A LEG

A Novel by Olive Balla

 

An Arm and a Leg cover

He pulled a handkerchief from his pocket and polished the clear, vacuum-sealed glass dome, pleased to note hardly any deterioration in the mummified flesh beneath.

“Beautiful, absolutely beautiful.” He smiled and nodded, as if the thing under the dome was whispering the secrets of the universe to him…

In near-worshipful silence, Bellamy walked among the bits and pieces the rest of the world would view as monstrosities. No matter where he was or in what activity he was engaged, his Pretties were never far from his mind. But this was more than a collection—it was an extension of him. Not because of any malformation of his own person, but because of the rarity of his carefully selected pieces.

An image of Frankie O’Neil sprang into his mind. She of the tiny hands and feet. She of the striking eyes. Rare eyes, glowing at him from the picture frame in which O’Neil had kept her photo.

How best to preserve those eyes—one sky-blue, the other amber-yellow? Formaldehyde? No, that didn’t prevent decay, it only slowed it. And alcohol would alter the cell structure such that bits of flesh would loosen and peel away, destroying the face’s loveliness. No, no…that would be unacceptable.

Cryonics was the answer—a complex procedure ending in the head’s being submerged in liquid nitrogen and maintained at absolute zero… He’d be the proud owner of the only known example of that rare condition called heterochromia iridium. It would be the crowning glory of his collection.

8 comments

  1. Adam says:

    Wow! What a thrilling story, so far.

    Love it.
    Adam

  2. bj mcconnell says:

    OKIE DOKIE… now, where can I buy this book Sweetie??????????????? I want to read the whole thing!

    Good for you Girlfriend!! You really have the talent… really really BIG…

    bj

  3. Wendy says:

    Okay, now I’m hooked in….need the book soon!

  4. Linda-Dale Jennings says:

    I absolutely MUST have this novel! How can it be so compelling for the very first chapter! How can I lay hands on it? Well done and congrats! Linda-Dale

  5. Irene Schwarz says:

    Wow Olive! I know you have a beautiful singing voice, and can play a mean piano, but never guessed you can write so well. Best wishes on publishing your novel. The Schwarz’ will certainly want a copy – autographed, too!

  6. Dwayne says:

    Really liked what you had to say in your post, O. M. Balla » Excerpt: An Arm and a Leg, thanks for the good read!
    — Dwayne

    http://www.terrazoa.com

  7. Richard Brown says:

    A fine read! Hard to do on my cell phone, but will be home tomorrow, and see what I have to do to get the rest of it.

    • OMBalla says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words! Your comment gives me a bit of a boost, I must admit. Thanks for taking the time to read my stuff and comment. Very best to you and yours.

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