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A Pain In The ...

by Andrew Atkinson
Originally published by on 21/10/2017

Clutching a hand to her chest, the woman steadies herself against the kitchen table.

“Girl, bring me water. Now!'

A young girl, dressed in drab greys in stark contrast with the woman’s light blue bonnet and clean cream smock, brings a drink. Awaits further orders.

“Don’t just stand there, girl. Bring fuel. My pain eases, thank the Lord.'

The girl exits and enters the wood store. At the bottom of her log basket, she uses cleaning rags to cover a small doll with a blue bonnet and cream smock.

She fingers the sharp pins in her hair and she smiles.

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