100 Words - Catharsis


Was it catharsis, schadenfreude or just plain cruelty? Jerry watched the streaming channels that show clips of people getting hurt, all day. I mean he watches all day long, for days on end, hopped up on meth. Giggling.

We tried interventions. We tried cutting his internet and cable. Somehow, somewhere he found more violent videos to watch. His girlfriend Mary said that the meth didn’t bother her as much as the videos. They were amusing for the first ten minutes, but this was too much for anyone.

On her way out, suitcase in hand, Mary kicked Jerry in the nuts.