Daily Flash Fiction #3 – Skin

Jesse peeled the glove off his left hand.  His skin cracked on his fingers and two bled.  It was painful.

He opened his locker and took out his cream.  He twisted off the lid, but saw the door to his left open.  Benny.  Why’d it have to be him? thought Jesse.

“Hey, Jess, whatcha got there?” said Benny.  He craned his neck to get a better look.

“Nothing much.  Hand just got banged up a bit on that last play.  He slid right into my hand and it hit the base.”  It was a lie.  Go away, Benny.  I don’t want you to see this.

“Let me look,” he said.

Jesse jerked his hand out of Benny’s line of sight.  “No, it’s all right.”

“Ya think I’m gonna do something to you?” said Benny as he raised his eyebrow.

Yes, I do think that. You’re the biggest pain in the ass on this team.  “No, it’s just no big deal.”

Benny grabbed Jesse’s shoulder and turned him around.  Jesse looked down at the floor.  He didn’t want to look Benny in the eye.

“Oh, what’s this?” He looked at Jesse’s hand and nodded.  “I see, I see.”

“What?  What do you see?” snapped Jesse.  He pulled his hand back and reached for his glove.

“Psoriasis, isn’t it?”

“Huh?  How do you know?”  His eyes met Benny’s.  He didn’t see scorn or ridicule, but sympathy.

“I got it, too,” he said.  “Look.”  He pointed at his head.  “Red and flakey all over.  It’s a bitch to get rid of.  Annoys the hell out of me.”

Jesse stared.  I can’t believe it. All this time, I’ve been trying to hide it, and the team’s biggest bully has it, too.

“Jess, you’re not alone,” Benny said and smiled.  “Now get your ass out of here before I decide to do something.”

Jesse smiled.  I guess I’m not alone. “Thanks, Benny.”

4 thoughts on “Daily Flash Fiction #3 – Skin”

  1. Awwwww! This was really sweet. I totally wasn’t expecting that! I have mild psoriasis on my elbows and knees. It cleared up when I became a teenager. But it came back for a bit after my second hip surgery. Autoimmune diseases are weird. And you kept Benny in character. His bully like tendencies showed through at the end. Not sure if you want to add this detail, but when you said “cream” I was thinking lotion for some reason. People with psoriasis often use hydrocortisone cream. It depends how severe the psoriasis is, how long they used it, and the strength. Hydrocortisone cream has its own side effects :/

    1. Thanks! Glad you liked it. I’ve used hydrocortisone cream before. Didn’t really do much to improve my skin. Other than a medicated shampoo, I don’t really do anything these days. I’ll have a blog post about psoriasis coming soon, actually.

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