Suddenly, A Giraffe, Part I (2)

A man takes the stage. Most of the crowd just sees how nice he looks—overdressed, perhaps, but certainly worthy of the occasion. They are men of science, however, academicians all, used to going days while changing nothing but what book they are reading. The outside observer, however, might notice that he has been cleaned up for the event: fresh haircut, rented ill-fitting suit, slightly too much cologne.

An observer who has received training in abuse counseling, sitting close enough to the stage, could possibly see the hint in his eyes that all of this had happened against his will.

(I learned how to pace tension from Lost.)

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