THE TRANSFORMATION • by Anthony J. Rapino

I fall to my living room floor as muscle rips and expands, splitting skin. It feels like my limbs are being pulled apart, tied to two cars going opposite directions. I try to scream but it sounds like howling.

The door opens and my wife walks in. She glances at me, still crouched on the floor. “What are you doing?”


She pours a glass of milk. “It’s probably just gas.”

My eyes water from pain. “Hun, you should really leave. I might try and eat you.”

She snorts and says, “Try all you want; you won’t get it right.”

Anthony J. Rapino’s most recently published story, Retired, will appear in the October issue of MagusZine.  His short story,  The Plumber,  can be found in issue 1.11 of Devil’s Work.  He is a recent graduate of East Stroudsburg University, where he received his master’s degree in secondary education and teaching certification in English.

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