Well now, it gets better and better, doesn’t it?
But first to Science Corner. A long time ago some people we know spent a delightful summer in the family villa on the Algarve and came back to England to find that their big chest freezer had broken down during their months away. It took, presumably, a certain amount of courage to open the lid.
Over supper one of us asked how bad it had been.
“Horrific,” said the husband, who could see the funny side of it but clearly didn't like the memory, “but it was also sort of weird.”
“Maggots? Stuff like that? Writhing?”
“No, no,” he said, “no maggots, no creepy crawlies. It’s just…” he struggled for the words, “…the food had all disappeared except for this layer of a kind of sludge at the bottom. But climbing up from the sludge and along the sides were these sort of jungle moulds unlike anything I’ve ever seen since, most of them huge – saucer sized – and in these extraordinary colours, sometimes vivid, sometimes a mixture of grey and pink, like dead flesh.”
“It really was like stuff from outer space, like huge flowers but looking like they had an animal component, spreading out these repulsive tendrils from a sweaty core.” He paused and closed his eyes. "And along the underside of the lid by my hands."
“What did you do?”
“Do? I put the lid down again. It went that afternoon.”
Funny, I hadn’t thought of that in years but something prompted my memory the other day...vivid, a mixture of grey and pink, like dead flesh…huge flowers but an animal component…spreading out these repulsive tendrils from a sweaty core…climbing up out of the sludge...what was it?
And so it is
You poor, hollowed out, totally corrupted, creature
Just look at yourself