Read by Andrew Giordano. (43 min)

Maggie and I had the same doctor. He had a machine in his office that did the readings. He drew a little bit of blood and put it into a little receptacle on the machine. It looked like a big laser printer, smooth white plastic and blinking, green lights.

In a few minutes, the machine hummed and something inside it spun and the humming grew louder and shook the floor a little. He smiled at us, arms folded. The machine printed out the certificates on special paper, the same pinkish color as those new five-dollar bills.

He put them face-down on a tray and handed them to us. Maggie and I sat down on the examination table, butcher paper crinkling and creasing under us, bunching between us as Maggie scooted closer. The doctor left us alone.

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James Foreman lives in Pittsburgh and is probably drinking coffee. He blogs about his life’s esoterica at jamesforeman.com. This is him:

Andrew Giordano is a young actor from San Francisco. His training includes A.C.T., Jean Shelton Studios and Margie Haber Studios. These days, he’s always shooting his own content while also auditioning under Central Artists mgmt.

In the book, “HEAT DEATH OF THE UNIVERSE” is illustrated by Ramón Pérez. This podcast episode was edited by Matthew Schwartz.