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The Four-Legged Woman

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by Nancy Stohlman

 

Nancy Stohlman's fiction first appeared online on Pure Slush in September 2013. In October 2014, Pure Slush published its 30th print volume, Nancy's flash fiction collection The Vixen Scream and other Bible Stories, available in print and various eBooks.

 

Jacqueline Hele’ne, the infamous four-legged woman, was born a dipygus—a rare form of conjoined twinning where one twin fuses with the lower half of the other and everything forms in duplicate—two pelvises, four legs, two sets of ovaries, two vaginas.

As a baby Jacqueline’s father would let the neighbors look at her for a nickel. By the time she was 13 she had joined the largest traveling circus as ‘The Amazing Four-legged Girl’ where she showcased her oddities for the next decade. Her act was so popular that by the time Jacqueline left the carnival, there were dozens of phony four-legged women in sideshows across the country.

Jacqueline eventually married and bore two babies from her right uterus and three from her left. Men who heard this news confirmed that she had a preference for the left side in other ways as well.

 

published 21 December 2014