THE SLIVER is very small, not the wee lumber that can pierce my hand when I’m in the shop, easy to find, remove. No, this is the size of an eyelash, a fly’s leg. I mine for it with a needle, peel away patches of skin, bleed the dermis, but can’t manage to extract the damn thing. Not with tweezer or Xcto blade. I soak my hand in salt water, try to loose its grip, but it remains, barely visible. I will have to wait.

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