by Melissa Mann

It’s dark in the kitchen, just the light from the oven door buttering the front of Girl’s naked body as she sits watching two Polo mints, what should have been her dinner, roasting on a tray. “It’s all your fault,” Girl whispers, clutching herself, her body a ruined place - bones grown too big for her skin, breasts like a boy. Girl can feel hunger move against her thighs like fists in her gut, a bottomless hunger that consumes her, haunts her brown eyes, gets tangled in the frightened frizz of her auburn hair. Chimes from the oven timer bounce off the darkness and so Girl gets up, pulls out the roasting tray with a cloth and places it beside the wooden spoon and tweezers on the counter. “A five-mile run, that’s what we agreed, not two,” Girl says and using the tweezers, places the scorching mint circles on a new patch of translucent skin on her arm. Girl puts the wooden spoon in her mouth and, pressing down hard with the cloth, bites into the pain, for there must be no noise, no crying out in Girl’s silent fight to be the perfect ghost.


Melissa Mann is a writer, founder and managing editor of litzine Beat the Dust and lead singer of the legendary punk folk band the Holy Whores. (Okay, well the first two are true at least; the latter is just a figment of her imagination.) Adventurous types wanting to explore Melissa's imagination should head due north to her website equipped with all-terrain boots, a torch, waterproofs, and a large slab of Kendal Mint Cake.


Baby Island said...

Hmmm, this is somewhat haunting. But I like it. What gets me the most is that when I write my own 6 sentences they usually are something true (not so much fiction). If this is the case here, be good and take care. Otherwise, you done a fine job of moving me with your words! Kudos

Jp said...

Deeply disturbing. Well drawn. Denying Girl a proper name is an interesting element; I'm still considering all the different things that could do for the story.

Nicely done.

bob said...

"just the light from the oven door buttering the front of Girl’s naked body"

that's lovely

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Tara said...

Gritty and disturbing and marvelous.

melissamann.com said...

Hey. Thanks for taking the time to comment on my piece... and befriend me on Facebook and Myspace some of you! Oh and baby island, don't worry - Stick is a work of fiction.