A mime fell to the floor and pretended he was dead. A young couple walked by. They stared and pointed but continued on their way. Then a butcher walked by. He tugged on the mime’s sleeve. After no response, he too continued on his way. Then an old man walked by. He clapped his hands beside the mime’s ear. No response. Then he shouted into his ear. Nothing. Finally, the old man lay on the floor, with the mime, and pretended he was dead.
Copyright © Jose Hernandez Diaz
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