Melissa works at a hospital specializing in the treatment of anorexia and bulimia. She's good at what she does. She shares a special understanding with her patients. Because Melissa was once like them herself. But now a new patient has arrived, one barely clinging to life. And as Melissa attempts to form a relationship with her, she learns a terrifying secret. One that will change her view of the world forever. "The Living World" is a complete 5200-word short story, readable by most in less than an hour.