John Bunn was feeling poorly. He lay in his bed and groaned, staring at the ceiling. "Ohhh," he groaned. "Ohh, I feel poorly."
John had in fact been feeling poorly for some time now. In fact, he hardlyh remembered a time when he had not been feeling poorly, off and on.
He had felt poorly in school. "Ms. Pym, I feel poorly," he would say, and would hold his belly. "Go to the bathroom, John," she'd tell him, and so off he would go. Sometimes, he remembered, he would raise his hand, feeling too poorly to speak. He would raise two fingers to signal Ms. Pym that he felt poorly in a certain way; she would usually just nod to him, or say, "Go ahead, John," before continuing with her reading.
Sometimes, John remembered, he would forget to put up two fingers and would just raise his hand. This usually happened when he was feeling very poorly indeed, and hoped that she would notice him quickly, lest something bad happen. Once ...