Debra and her great-aunt didn’t say a word. They rocked back and forth, back and forth, on the bedside. Moments before she crawled into her lap, a tiny bundle in a soft nightgown, and fell asleep.
Then Debra tucked her in with a prayer and left the nursing home. (49 words)
Snakes fell off tree limbs; geckos couldn’t hide. Rain pounded my hilltop, tin-roof house, robbing midnight shut-eye. Below dung coated mud and thatch homes melted as they slipped on the river’s edge.
I prayed that grace shook the Himalayan foothills, knocking on souls’ hearts, offering them a lifeline to love. (50 words)
“See you in a week,” he kissed her that morning.
In bed Marie ached for the crook of his arm, the side of his ribs, the stroke of his toes.
“ I’ll never leave you, nor forsake you . . .” her first Husband whispered.
Dawn rose happy. (48 words)
“Do we have permission to administer?” I asked over the phone, as my husband held the syringe over the experimental cream.
Lights circled, sirens flashed. Firemen in full gear rushed into the bedroom and heard my boy snore, no longer shaking.
Months later the seizure drug Diastat went to market. (50 words)
“It’s green zone, civilian work,” my new girlfriend explained her transfer, “and I sleep in an air-conditioned ten by twelve with sandbags.”
“Minimizes collateral damage,” my husband added.
“If the nations don’t come to you, you have to,” she said.
I nodded, teary-eyed. Go, even where mortars fall. (49 words)
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