He lets his fingernails grow longer in the winter. They kick up a fine ash when he drags them across the husk of his skin--yes, his skin is exactly like a dead corn casing. It sucks up Hydrating Exfoliant Moisture body wash and still looks like old newspaper, but the white bath puff (he's too macho to use pink) makes him moan like a porn star. Ultracare Severe Skin Therapy with Extra Vitamin Enrichment and Oatmeal lotion turns to chalk when it touches him. He wakes to the constant whisper of those long fingernails. It feels better to scratch than to sleep. He wants a rough, forked tree branch where he can wedge his naked flesh, and rub and scrape like a snake, and crawl out of his skin as a shiny new man.

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