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The Puzzle

Hellraiser drabble. Not for the squeamish.


Disclaimer: Hellraiser belongs to Clive Barker and New World Pictures. No infringement intended.

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There is pain, and there is pain. A thousand different flavors, and Frank has tasted them all. The burning rasp of salt on flayed flesh; the sharp bite of hooks under skin; the intimate agony of impalement. Frank has become a connoisseur, analyzing tortures like fine wines, judging their complexity and bouquet and aftertaste. He has learned to breathe through them, to scream at them, to struggle, and to embrace them. Yet something is missing; some key piece of the puzzle eludes him, a deeper insight he is sure one day will set him free.

Until then, there is pain.

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