Twins

After one week of agony, 26-year old Siamese twins Jane and Joan took a fateful step.  The sisters had been joined at the hip since birth. Fortunately, they loved each other, enjoyed the same things and liked doing them in the same way. Being Siamese twins had worked out well for them so far: they grew up, helped each other through school and university and started work as accountants in the same office. The only difference to anybody else in the office was that their desks had to stand at an odd angle and that they sat on the same custom-built chair. Everything changed when Joe joined the company: Jane thought him gorgeous and instantly fell in love, but Joan hated him as much as Jane loved him. After a lot of talk and many tears, they went into hospital and were surgically separated. There were no physical complications. When they woke up and looked at each for the first time ever from opposite sides of the room, all they wanted was to be back together again. When Joe came to visit, he found them busy with needle and thread.

"Dr. Doyen separating Hindoo twins", ca. 1902 (Source of original photo: Library of Congress)

“Dr. Doyen separating Hindoo twins”, ca. 1902 (Source of original photo: Library of Congress)

2 thoughts on “Twins

  1. Hi Marcus,

    Love this so much! Quite incredible piece, actually. My wordpress is all screwed up from when my old computer was hacked. I tried to leave a comment but my wordpress is too messed up and it took me on a circuitous route to nowhere. Hope you are doing well and happy to receive this story! Cheers! Susan

    On Sun, Mar 5, 2017 at 1:19 PM, MARCUS SPEH | BERLIN wrote:

    > Marcus Speh posted: “After one week of agony, 26-year old Siamese twins > Jane and Joan took a fateful step. The sisters had been joined at the hip > since birth. Fortunately, they loved each other, enjoyed the same things > and liked doing them in the same way. Being Siamese twin” >

    • Hi Susan, it’s nice of you to drop in and leave a compliment – means a lot to me (especially if it was hard-we’re always told everything digital is getting easier but you and I know it is NOT TRUE 😉 – Anyway. This was merely a practice run, an exercise I did recently for an online creative writing class. It asked for a certain structure in less than 200 words. Just enough space for a seasoned flash veteran, I say! Cheers to you from Berlin!

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