"What happened to you?" she asks Philip.
He is so preoccupied by her appearance that it takes him an extra second to remember his own physical state. "Oh," he says, realizing that its best not to bring up what his mother calls "that business back in New York." He looks down at the hard gray plastic of his cast, the black bucklelike contraptions across the top of his foot. "I had an accident. A skiing accident."
From Strange but True by John Searles. Copyright John Searles 2004. All rights reserved. HarperCollins Publishers. Used by permission.
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