Too Far, Eugene

Illustration by Stephen O’Donnell

“Too far,” she said. “You went too far.” This is what she said to him, before the one thing and after the other, to which he replied, “How could I go too far when I don’t even know where too far is?” This is the joke. He used to say the same thing in grade school, like when some bully would come up to him and call him a name, call him faggot, like “Hey Eugene, you’re a pussy,” or douche bag or any other of the names kids call other kids, and he’d say, “Oh really? How can I be a pussy if I don’t even know what a pussy is?” That was the joke, immunity by way of ignorance.

Originally published Fall 2014 in Menacing Hedge, Issue 4.02.

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