“You’re beginning to worry us.”
“How slowly you climb stairs these days: it looks like you’re in pain or something.”
—No, it’s just lack of energy: years of chronic underfeeding have finally taken their toll and my undernourished body simply can’t do what it used to do.
“So, no need to worry?”
—Haven’t you been listening? I’m starving here, my muscles are atrophying, my bones are becoming brittle, my very life is hanging by the thinnest of threads.
“All right. Well, if any thing does happen, be sure to let us know, okay?”
—Are you deaf?