'Thinner' - the old gypsy man barely whispers the word. Billy feels
the touch of a withered hand on his cheek. Billy Halleck,
prosperous if overweight citizen, happily married, shuddered then
turned angrily away. The old woman's death had been none of his
fault. The courts had cleared him. She'd just stumbled in front of
his car. Now he simply wanted to forget the whole messy business.
Later, when the scales told him he was losing weight, it was what
the doctor ordered. His wife was pleased - as she should have been.
But ...'Thinner' - the word, the old man's curse, has lodged in
Billy's mind like a fattening worm, eating at his flesh, at his
reason. And with his despair, comes violence.