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Terms of Departure by Merran Jones
Terms of Departure
I’m leaving! he shouted.
Good! she shouted.
He shoved his life into a suitcase. Squashed it all down inside, squashed it in tight.
With animal-eyes, he pushed past and hurled his case at the door. Then turned, face dark,
his mouth a shadow.
I want the baby, he snarled.
The baby. It’s mine. I want the baby.
You can’t have it.
She trembled, a sparrow in the corner. Beneath the broken light.
I want the baby!
They struggled. He grabbed her arms, forced her onto the floor.
I want the baby! I want the baby!
He opened her legs, pressed on her stomach, as though he could force the baby out of her.
I want the baby! he screamed.
No! she screamed.
Mashed into a corner of the kitchen. A ball of fury and terror.
That was how the police found them.
Merran is an Australian physiotherapist and young mum who’s been writing for a couple of years. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in After the Pause, A Quiet Courage, and Literary Orphans among others. She’s also won several small competitions, was commended for the KSP Speculative Fiction Award 2014, and won the 2015 Write Well Award. firstname.lastname@example.org