FICTION: Instructions for the Use of Sulphuric Acid for Aesthetic Purposes by Stephanie Hutton

Suitable for the following:

  • You have one of those faces – not pale enough to be china-doll memorable, but not dark enough to cause clicking tongues in your unwelcoming town.
  • Your features are placed just where they should be, like a child’s drawing of a face.
  • Your hair offers nothing more than a frame around your regularity.
  • Colleagues’ lips mumble and trip as they try to recall your name.
  • This disinterest is more painful than the smash of a fist.

Equipment needed:

  • A large glass bowl which echoes light from each brutal angle.
  • Analgesics

Instructions for use:

  • Trickle the liquid into the bowl, allowing it to sing. (Please note, the smell is both horrific and intoxicating).
  • Tie your tired hair at the nape of your neck.
  • If the answer to the following question is yes, then lower the face you were born with into the bowl.

Is this product right for me?

  • Would it be better to be seen for your ugliness than be ignored for your ordinariness?

Stephanie Hutton

Stephanie Hutton is a writer and clinical psychologist in Staffordshire, UK. She has published flash fiction, short stories and poetry online and in print. Find her at stephaniehutton.com

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