The Dentist

Bribery was always involved in these trips to the dentist. It had begun when she was a little girl. Mom always had to promise an afterlife in the form of amusing post-dentist activities. Even when she grew older, she demanded these rituals, though she no longer needed them. Taking trips to the zoo or the playground, or going out to lunch provided the antidote to the nauseating taste of flouride treatments and gritty paste.

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