By Zoltán Komor
The noise of construction wakes me up in the morning. Turning to my side I notice that a yellow string cordons off my sleeping wife. There’s a tiny excavator on her forehead and one-inch long workers are demolishing her face with concrete crushers. A black sign on the yellow line reads: WIFE UNDER CONSTRUCTION.
Great, she must have ordered this one too from her favourite online beauty shop, no matter how much I keep telling her she doesn’t need any of this stuff. I watch as a crane lowers my wife’s new nose into the dug out red pit in the center of her face. It’s quite a pretty nose, I admit. A few smudgy workers hammer her face using all of their strength, the others are just sitting on her ear, drinking beer. One even stands up and pisses down onto the pillow.
There’s a little guy holding a piece of paper. That must be the blueprint. I peek over the tiny man’s shoulder and gaze at the drawing. Say! It looks rather nice! But it could be better. Using two fingers I pinch out the blueprint from the guy’s hands. He yells at me, shaking his micro fist, but I flick him away. Then I sneak out to the kitchen. Holding a magnifying glass and a very sharp pencil I make a few changes in the drawing. Then another few. Make the nose look a bit thinner, the forehead more narrow, and so on. When I’m done, I hand back the blueprint to the little guy.
After a few hours, they finish the job. A man dressed in a suit arrives; he cuts the string with scissors, drinks a few glasses of champagne, then staggers back to a matchbox sized limousine he arrived in. He drives away, disappearing behind the closet.
So we order the face-reconstruction beauty pack again. I take my wife to bed and open the package. Tiny workers crawl out and pester her face. I take away their blueprint and show them the opened architectural magazine. They look at it, scratching their chins, then they nod and begin to work. Seemingly they want to start from scratch – they slide tiny dynamite sticks into her face dimples, they run into shelter. Soon, an explosion tears my wife’s head into bloody pieces of meat – and then construction begins. I feel tired. I fall asleep, leaving them to work.
In the morning, upon waking up I find the miniature version of the shopping mall in Yokohama where my wife’s head had been.
“好き?” she asks, her voice echoes through the small building along with calming music. Tiny Japanese teenagers with party-coloured hair wander around behind her window-eyes. They wave to me, then venture into a sushi bar.
Zoltán Komor is 27 years old and from Hungary. He writes surreal short stories and which have been published in several literary magazines. His first English book, ‘Flamingos in the Ashtray: 25 Bizarro Short Stories’, was just released by Burning Bulb Press.