Sunday, October 12, 2014

Prompt: Dressed in nothing but a necklace of human skulls, Part 2

Fleece didn’t protect my wrists from the sharp bite of the restraints as I pulled against them. My ears rang and my throat ached. Had I been screaming? I felt familiar hands on my shoulders, heard the nurse’s voice in my ear. “Come on, honey, calm down. Come on, that’s it, deep breaths. Good, good…”

I opened my eyes to see the worry lines on her forehead disappear as she smiled with encouragement and relief. She straightened over me and reached for a cup of water, fitting the straw into my mouth as I sucked greedily. I felt the burning grit from the arena wash down my throat. I glanced down at my left hand and saw a bandage wrapped around, covering the palm.

“How long was I out?” I croaked around the straw.

“About forty minutes this time…”

Something about her voice, and the flicker of her eyes…

“This time?”

“You’ve been in and out – mostly out – for the past three days. It’s the longest we’ve seen. The doctors are throwing everything they can to try to stop it—”

“That’s enough, Nurse. You’ll upset our patient,” said a stern voice from the doorway.

As I leaned up to see who it was, I felt a sudden movement in my side, like a kick. I jerked the covers down and stared at my swollen belly. Tears sprang to my eyes as I dropped my head back on the pillow. “When did I get pregnant?”

To be continued…


And so, with a loving heart, I offer you
I’ve heard many translations. Here’s one I love:
The light of the universe that shines within me recognizes
the light of the universe that shines within you.


Dogs in House
Houdini, Brindle

Time writing
20 minutes

October word count


  1. Writing report:
    Novel editing, Ch 38
    Time: ~10 mins

  2. More and more interesting! Is that the child she claimed?

  3. Writing report:
    Novel editing, Ch 38, preview Ch 39
    Tme: ~30 min

  4. Writing report:
    Novel editing, Ch 38, Ch 39
    Time: ~15 min