300 short stories: story 291

story: “A Lover’s Ear”

author: Yuan Chiung-chiung

year: 1989

where: Bed, reading aloud to Big Gate

note: ‘Ear, nose and throat doctors have warned that nothing should be put into the ear canal, even if someone feels it is blocked, as the activity might push the obstruction further out of reach, as it is possible that a dust mites, small cockroach or centipede could have entered the cavity during sleep.’

a line:  “He asked her if she would mind cleaning his ears for him.”

theme(s): Intimacy, love, grooming

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