"Don't touch, it's hot," the waitress says as she places the pizza on the cooling rack. But you touch it anyway. You reel back, shaking your hand. It's boiling hot but you are starving. You pull that first slice. Not the biggest one. Not the cheesiest. Not the one with most sauce. You pull it back. You yank but the cheese does not want to disconnect from the pan. The top droops, still connected via stretching cheese. Any more force will strip the bread bare. You cut a line through the cheese and yank again. You place the piece on a plate. You pluck the piece apart to cool it. It's greasy. Its crust is thick but not too thick. It finally cools and you savor it. Soft, warm, and in an instant gone. There is a hint of pepper in the sauce. It kicks. Allowing the juices to linger in your throat for just an extra second. You take a sip of soda. You aren't washing down the taste. You are complimenting it. The soda fizzes the peppery sauce back from memory. The soda pops the cheese back into existence. It quenches that burning desire for more while at the same time creating that burning desire for more. Your hands are wet with flavor. Instead of wasting it on a napkin you lick them clean.
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JJ Fiegel is a junior at the University of Iowa, working towards a degree in English. He is from Dunkirk, Maryland. He is primarily a fiction writer, with his time spent between fantasy/science-fiction and mystery/thriller, though there are aspirations of writing for television and comics. He also likes to run, and listen to and write music.