"The Third Breast" by Cheon Un-yeong

Do you remember how I unwittingly pinched your nipple when I first scooped up your breasts? You let out a short shriek and laughed loudly as you wrapped your hands around my face.


“Men usually touch it with their tongues first. Don’t you think you’re a little strange?” you asked me, pausing your laughter for a second. For some reason, your words made me feel smug. You kept giggling and left your breasts to me. I felt a tightly closed door gently open at the sound of your laughter. Warm memories, confined behind the closed door, walked out. I wanted to keep playing with your breasts as I had done a long time ago with my grandma’s bosom.


Your breasts are not that prettyI mean, at least not according to generally accepted standards. You told me the most beautiful breasts were firm, cone-shaped ones, around size 30B, with about a four-inch difference between upper and under bust measurements, the nipples facing away from each other like two sisters who don’t get along. The line connecting the collarbones and nipples should make an equilateral triangle, and the areola should be less than half an inch in circumference. Your breasts are more bowl-shaped than cone, and they are 28A, which is a little small. Your collarbones and nipples do not make an equilateral triangle, you see. Nevertheless, you have something else that is not usually seen on other peoplea third breast. That’s what you called the small bump on the edge of your areola.


I thought you had made up the name, but you told me it was the official term, and listed names of famous women who had more than two breasts. You mentioned the name of a Roman emperor’s mother and the name of a woman who was the wife of Henry VIII. I don’t remember exactly who now, though. Among the many names you listed, the only one I recognized was the Venus de Milo. They say you can see Venus’s third breast if you closely examine her statue at the Louvre. It’s barely a bud without a nippl...

Cheon Un-yeong’s books have been published in Chinese, Japanese, French, and Russian. She was invited to the Saint-Louis Literary Festival after the French edition of her book Farewell, Circus! (Adieu le cirque!) was published by Serge Safran Éditeur in 2013. She stayed in Malaga, Spain in 2013 as part of LTI Korea’s writing residency program. She will stay at the Residencia De Estudiantes in Madrid, Spain later this year.