“I said, Joe, don’t touch that, a lot of good that did!” Sharon kept talking while Joe just ignored her, as usual. It was only a story, but I guess she was right. I shouldn’t have touched it. Now look at me, encased in stone. Well, even that doesn’t stop her from talking! He started to laugh, but of course he couldn’t. How is she still talking when I can’t even laugh? He started to panic. What if the curse only affects the one who touches it? He could barely see but it seemed like he knew what was going on.
As Joe thought back to the beginning of this trip, he had just gone along with Sharon’s wishes. She planned each day’s activities, and since he wasn’t keen on traveling in the first place, that was fine with him. Their relationship had been going downhill for years. This trip was her suggestion for trying to rekindle the feelings of when they first met. So much for that. Now here he was, a statue.
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