Sweet brambles

The name eglantine is from Middle English eglentyn, from Old French aiglantin (adj.), from aiglent ‘sweetbrier’, from Vulgar Latin *aculentus (with the ending of spinulentus ‘thorny, prickly’), from Latin aculeus ‘prickle’, from acus ‘needle’. Sweet refers to the sweet, apple fragrance of the leaves, while briar ~ brier refers to it being a thorny bush.

I’ve been putting it off. Each time I dial up, the numbers click through an exchange- their percussive notes hammer out the shrill tuneless sequence.


But each time I replace the reciever, something has gotten through. Data. I am recovering. Bit by bit.


I click the tool and reholster it. Not today I think.


But it’s just beneath the skin. Into a layer of fatty tissue that has sheathed the belly, the bottom, the thighs. The arms. So transmit the impulse, do something you did the other day, it can’t be that long ago. Why, what’s different? Aren’t you more pliable?


Sharp scratch.

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