He’s here again. No one else at the party can see him. Apparently I’m crazy but he’s always there. The dentist, hunched as usual, approaches me first.
He opens my mouth, examines it quickly, and then shuts it. He looks at me with his white eyes and croaks, “Check.” Then he waddles to Nina who seems used to his checkups.
She opens and closes her mouth for him in a fluid movement. “Check.” He lingers a bit longer with the next person, Bradley, who opens his mouth a little wider. “Check.”
“Someone’s tired”, laughs Caleb.
Bradley chuckles and says, “What can I say? It’s contagious.”