245. The Horrible Face (2)

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Mitchell continued his search for the dry milk. found it next to the imported tea, and walked quickly to the checkout counter. He hoped he could check out fast, because if that finished her shopping and then stood in line him, he would simply walk out of the without buying anything. The checker slowly rang up bill, took Mitchell’s money, and gave him his . It was 11 p.m. Mitchell did not look as he walked out of the supermarket. He if he would ever get that woman’s face of his mind.

When he got into his , he felt ashamed of himself. That poor woman, thought. She probably never ventured out in the . She probably did everything she could to avoid . That was truly a face that even a might not love. She must feel so lonely. could God let that happen to people, Mitchell .

Long ago, there were colonies for outcasts. Lepers, example, lived in leper colonies, where they had contact with their peers. But there are no “ colonies” for people covered with facial warts. They to exist with “normal” people.

“She should try tape,” suggested a coworker of Mitchell's the next . “I saw them demonstrate it on TV. You stick it on the wart for 48 hours, your wart disappears!”