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37. His Stomach Is Growling
Derek was listening to the radio and using
computer. The TV was on, but the volume
muted. The fan was on medium speed, because
speed would be too slow for a hot
like today. He dared not use high speed,
loose papers on the table top would start
or flying everywhere. The fan was far enough
to keep the papers still, but close enough
cool him off.
Suddenly, Derek’s stomach growled loudly.
didn’t feel all that hungry, but he thought
the “squeaky wheel” should get some grease. He
over to the refrigerator. Absent-mindedly, he opened the
door, the freezer door. It contained six empty
He shut it and opened the
door. He scrutinized the shelves: milk, pickles, olives,
, diet soda; an unopened jar of strawberry preserves
he must have bought two years ago; ketchup,
, three bottles of water; a few pieces of
candy, and some single-wrap cheese slices. How could
whole refrigerator have nothing worth eating, Derek wondered.
opened the vegetable bins. Nothing in there except
red onions, half a head of green cabbage,
two apples that had brown soft spots.
contained some food, but it was food that
would eat only if you were starving. He
reminded of his stint in the army. His
and he always joked about how bad the
-rations were, but when they were really hungry those
C-rations disappeared quickly.
Derek went back to his
and resumed using his computer and listening to
radio. His stomach growled again, but he ignored
. He would wait until he was really hungry.
he would walk down to the fried chicken
five minutes away and get some finger-licking food.