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E is for Eviscerate


For Round 12 of ABC Wednesday I'm presenting a vocabulary word each week that we don't hear in everyday conversation, accompanied by a short story or verse. This week ABC Wednesday is all about the letter E, and my e-word of the day is...

e·vis·cer·ate
 
Verb:  1. Disembowel (a person or animal)  2.  Deprive (something) of it's essential content
Synonym: disembowel, gut
 
 Ralph worked in the chicken processing plant at the edge of town.  He'd been there for over ten years and never once complained, despite the fact that his job was to eviscerate freshly slaughtered chickens.  At one point he'd been offered a promotion which he promptly turned down.  He said he'd gotten used to the feel of warm chicken guts in his hands and didn't like the idea of working with cold, lifeless poultry carcasses further down the line.

Ralph kept to himself mostly, rarely socializing with his coworkers beyond exchanging basic pleasantries. He lived alone in a ramshackle little house and spent most of his time inside, though he was known to walk the neighborhood at night.  Folks figured that he preferred to be left alone.  No one thought much of it until the neighborhood cats began disappearing... first one, and then two, and before long a dozen. 

Everyone was frightened and afraid to let their pets or children out to play.  Something had to be done!  A police officer was tasked with going door to door to investigate and make reports.  When he got to Ralph's house, Ralph invited him inside, and they visited over the noise of the tv.  Ralph claimed to have no knowledge of the disappearing cats, saying that he'd always been very fond of cats and had quite a few as a child. 

Ralph went on to regale the officer with tales of big game hunting in Africa and how exciting it had been to stalk the big cats there.  This took the officer by surprise, as he'd never heard of Ralph going on a Safari, and in this small town anyone's news was everyone's news. 

Assuring the officer that he was an expert marksman, Ralph offered to show him the trophies in his den.  Following him down the hallway, the officer stood too stunned for words as he surveyed the grotesque sight of domestic housecats that had been stuffed and mounted, and displayed like prize trophies all along the panelled wall.

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22 comments:

  1. What an 'interesting' (to say the least) story!! It certainly illustrates the word!

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  2. What a story! Eviscerate! A new word for me! Thank you for taking part inthe ABC Wednesday meme.
    Have a great week.
    Wil, ABCW Team.

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    1. I think I shall plead temporary insanity, or at least a temporary lack of good taste! :-)

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  3. Ralph had a peculiar (read: sick) hobby!

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    1. Yes, Jesh, I think it's safe to say Ralph has some "issues"!!

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  4. taxidermy isn't my thing...
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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    1. Nor mine, Rog, animals are beautiful to observe in the living state in their natural habitats, walking into a local restaurant here and seeing the huge head of a longhorn mounted on the wall above the door does not enhance my appetite for a steak. UGH!!

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  5. I detest eating at any restaurant and seeing the remnants of "Number 4, with a salad, please.", not only on my plate, but also on the wall. It makes me feel callous instead of hungry.

    (I think we got off track from your story) lol

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    1. I agree Lotta Joy, I do not like "trophy" hunters to begin with, capture them with pictures please! Every time we visit the Western themed establishment and I have to look at the beautiful liquid eyes (albeit fake replacements for the originals) in the face of that incredible long horn, staring blankly from above the entrance archway, it disturbs me greatly, though I suspect the local ranchers all find it very cool. Respect and honor the animals who give their lives to feed our bellies, don't hang them on the wall for décor!!

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  6. What a story! I love the eviscerate for the E word and the post, but Ralph had a rather horrid habit, those poor cats...

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    1. I agree, Lulu, I wonder what became of the cats he had as a child? I suspect he's had some problems far earlier in his life!

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  7. A dramatic and gruesome tale beautifully paced!

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    1. Thank you Gemma! I just couldn't see any way to make "eviscerate" into a pretty story! :-)

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  8. That's a new word for me too 'eviscerate'. When I saw it first I wondered how it would fit into a story. I understood the niavety of Ralph when he said he loved cats and his idea of love was to diplay them. I agree with the comment above that he has some 'issues'. Great story. Really enjoyed reading!

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    1. Thank you Marie! I think you've got it exactly, Ralph wasn't necessarily a cruel, evil person, he just had a very misguided way of expressing his interest in cats... he "collected" them. them. Obviously this is just a symptom of bigger problems.

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  9. I enjoyed the story...had the compelling issue that I needed to see what was going to happen next and a good twist at the end. You did a good job writng this one. It is not easy to put so much in such a short space.

    Did you lock your cats out of your writing room when you wrote it?

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    1. Thank you GS! I knew this story was going to garner a bit of negative feedback, not your usual light reading fare, but it fit with the topic and had a bit of depth I think. I did not read this one to my furkids, I think they would begin to sleep with one eye open... oh wait, they do that now! :-)It actually stemmed from reading about people who have their beloved pets stuffed and mounted after death so they can still have them around... that's just plain gross as far as I'm concerned!

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  10. Whew....you really got my attention.
    Good writing.

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    1. Hehehe, not exactly what one would expect from a cat affecionado like me, is it? I prefer mine live and purring though, despite the cat fur that blankets my house! :-)

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  11. I prefer mine alive as well lol.

    Catching up with ABC Wednesday entries on Valentine's day!

    I hope you'd come and check out my Eskimo

    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

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    1. Their beauty is in their interaction, I'm not a fan of mounted heads... though I did have a couple ex's that I might have preferred stuffed and mounted... hmmmm! ;-)

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