Getting off lightly

Hearing the bones snap as he fell, Graham cursed himself for being so stupid. He’d known they were fragile, being so old and yet he’d been this careless; not keeping a hand free to hold the stair rail.

“Mr Simmonds!” Tony, one of his students, yelled, then tried to help him to stand until Graham yelped.

“My leg!” he whimpered as Tony lowered him on to one of the bottom steps.

“Take it easy, Mr Simmonds.”

Graham rolled up his trouser leg and winced.

Tony tutted. “That looks nasty.”

“Deep cut, that’s all, but look at Henry.”

Tony stared over at the class’ skeleton lying in pieces on the newly-polished hallway floor and shrugged. “We’re here to learn how to mend people. Henry will probably be the only one that we won’t hear complaining… I’d say we’ll be getting off lightly.”


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