11:38 p.m. in the halfway house
i can’t just leave this in here justin
i might aspirate on it in my sleep.
she actually uses the word aspirate.
i look up into the dead horseshoe of her mouth
half her teeth already gone
there it is towards back
loose not too loose.
if she goes to the county hospital across the street they won’t touch the tooth
they’ll just shoot her up with morphine and tell her come back when the free dental clinic opens in the morning.
she tries with a rag it won’t budge.
i have gomez get a shower curtain in case there’s blood
lambert holds her head
i clean the needle-nose pliers with an alcohol wipe.
there is no blood. comes out easy
like a piece of corn off the cob.