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Human Trials

By Madeleine Vigneron | https://www.khoreomag.com/author/madeleine-vigneron/ | Madeleine Vigneron
Edited by Sachiko Ragosta || Narrated by - || Produced by -
Suicide and suicidal ideation, death, and animal death
2835 words

They start with rats. Rats are easy to find; there’s a swarm of them convulsing on the dumpster outside the lab, so they draw straws every day to see whose job it will be to trap the next batch. Predictably, the dumpster-dwelling rats are writhing with parasites, and this initially causes a fight between Rowan and Hodge (everything causes a fight between Rowan and Hodge). Hodge argues that testing a rat with fleas is not the same thing as testing a rat; they need to isolate the variables if they want the experiment to produce any results of value. Rowan argues that Hodge is probably full of fleas too, so he should be glad that they’re taking that variable into account. They compromise by washing the rats first.

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Madeleine Vigneron is a Canadian student studying English at Queen's University, where her work has been published in Quilt.
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