Crystal slams the fryer on to the gas ring and lets out a joyless sigh. She must make Stan an egg. Stan’s world would fall apart if she weren’t around to make him a bloody egg. She takes out a wooden-handled spatula from a drawer and drops that on the benchtop as well, making as much of a racket…
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