The Black Bitch and other Tales – The Cure and other smippets by Geoff Cronin

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The Cure

Mikey was a well-known character in our town. He was also a sporadic drunk and had the reputation of being witty. In his bouts of sobriety he used to hire out to local farmers for a week or two and the proceeds would go towards his next binge.

He was doing a week’s work for a certain farmer and was ‘living in’ for the week. On the first day when he went in for ‘the dinner’, a rabbit stew was served up. This proved to be generally acceptable but next day it was roast rabbit and in fact it was rabbit every day for the whole week.

On the final day, however, Mikey complained of severe stomach cramps and seemed unable to work, going constantly to the lavatory.

The lady of the house expressed concern and asked if he needed the doctor, to which Mikey replied. “I think…

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