Crystal Medicine

“Sweetheart, I want you to be happy.”

“This is hardly the way to go about it.”

Dan lay on the bed, his mouth pried open, while Jenna straddled his chest holding crystal over his forehead. The crystal was suspended on a chain, and swung gently from side to side, now in circles, now slowing, now faster. It came to a dangerous point, and he couldn’t help but watch that point and worry about his eyes.

“This isn’t going to help. I need to go to the doctor,” Dan said.

“No honey, it’s just bad energy. I’ll clear it up, your earache will go away, and you’ll be right as rain.”

“I hate the rain.”

“Shush.”

“Listen,” Dan said with a sigh, “as soon as you finish, I’m going to get some antibiotics. I know this is an ear infection. I got them all the time as a kid. If I don’t get it treated, I’ll be deaf, is that what you want?”

“Shush. Let the crystal do its work.”

Dan pursed his lips, then cringed as Jenna released the bit of the chain, bringing the point closer to his eye.

“Can you at least be more careful with that thing?”

“I’m a professional. Now, again, shush.”

When she finished her swinging, Dan sat up, threw his legs over the edge, and said, “Okay, I’m going to go…uh, get groceries. I’ll be back in an hour or two.”

“Okay, make sure you get some chicken!” Jenna called from the bathroom.

“Sure hun,” he said, walking out the door.

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