Neighbor with Münghausen Syndrome *

I arrived in October to visit my brother. It is worth noting that the brother lives in a small provincial town in a private house. On Sunday they decided to fry barbecue in his yard. I began to burn wood in the grill, while my brother in the kitchen was busy with meat and spices.

A neighbor was drawn. He limped on crutches and stood in front of me. We met. It turned out that he became disabled after he was hit by a car. His legs partially moved, but without crutches he could not walk anywhere. In short, his wife is a bastard, and the children are still ungrateful bastards. And nobody needs it. I promised him delicious kebabs and beer in the evening. He, in turn, did not refuse, only asked me to bring it to him myself. On that and parted. Well, that is, I stayed, but he disappeared.

The coals are excellent. At this time, a brother appeared with skewers. I briefly told him the story. He began to take an interest in his neighbor, to which his brother just waved his hand: "He is a pretender! He really broke his spine, he walks quite normally, but only when no one sees him. He loves when they feel sorry for him and tweak. He has already stopped by his wife."

I didn’t really believe in my brother’s story, because I saw the dystrophic legs of a disabled person, and a person clearly wouldn’t lie in such a voice. Although not so: with a probability of 95% I always felt a lie, and that person was definitely not lying.

An hour later I brought in the promised beer and kebabs.

The next day (Monday), his wife left for work, taking the kids with her. I had nowhere to rush, for my vacation was just beginning. I noticed a disabled person. He walked quite confidently on his site without crutches. He took something from the shed, left it, squatted down and lit a cigarette, got up vigorously and walked into the house with some kind of package.

This is what makes a life-giving shish kebab. I knew that meat gives people energy, but so ...

* The generally accepted explanation for the causes of Munchausen's syndrome is that simulating the disease allows people with this syndrome to receive the attention, care, sympathy and psychological support that they lack.