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“The smallest bone in the body is the stirrup bone, located in the ear,” I said, while leaning against you and looking away towards the horizon.

“Is that so?” you replied, comfortably abstracted, occupied with something invisible in the middle distance.“Yes, it’s the bone that quivers with sound and moves it from the outside of you to the inside,” I said. “I think it is a translator.”“How so?” you said. “How can a bone translate?”

How indeed?

I explained to you that this smallest bone, this stirrup, is the very point at which words become liquid, where they stop being vibrations and whispers and waves and they become manifest. This is where words of anger and hurt shape themselves into a claggy poison, and where words of love and lust turn sweetly viscous. It is the place and moment where sound becomes an oil, ready to streak through body and brain.

You turned and hummed at me, not sure of my conclusions.

It’s all in the vibration, I said. When this tiny, tiny bone shakes, it becomes the conductor of power and meaning. This little invisible bone moves your words through me like mercury, transferring them from energy to emotion. It is this vibration that shivers my being, deep in my soul. The reverberations are written upon my limbs until I can shake your words out through my fingertips.

You moved against me peacefully, and I leant in again. “How did you come to discover this?” you asked, nursing the line of warmth where our bodies touched.

All of these things I discovered the instant you said “I love you”.

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