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    The Bone Dragon – Alexia Casale

    “I rise up, towards the surface.  Through velvet blue into grey dimness. Up towards the light.  And sound starts to penetrate now. Low echoes vibrating through the water.  But I’m not ready to leave yet. I’m safe here, floating in the shadows. The pain is distant, belonging to the light and the warmth and the air.” Evie is broken. Her ribs have caused her so much pain over the last few years and she now has the chance to breathe freely again, yet she will always be broken. Wrapped up in a cover up told to school mates she cannot turn to her friends to talk about the fact part…

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    Such a Pretty Girl – Laura Wiess

    “They promised me nine years of safety but only gave me three.  Today my time has run out. I sit on the curb at the back of the parking lot near the Dumpster. The waste from the condo complex bakes in this cumbersome green kiln and the stench is shocking, heavy with rancid grease and sickly-sweet decay.” Meredith has spent the past three years trying to forget about the terrible things her father did to her. He’s in prison and she is safe. Her mother blames her, still goes to see her father at the prison and stands by him, but Meredith can’t do that. Not since he touched her,…

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    Scars – Cheryl Rainfield

    “‘Someone is following me.’ I gulp air, trying to breathe.  Carolyn leans forward, her face worried. ‘What makes you say that?’ There’s a hesitation in her voice that stings me. ‘You don’t believe me!’ I spit the words out at her, then look away, twisting my hands together to keep them from trembling.” Kendra is battling with herself, her past and her memories. She has a secret past that she’s only recently been remember anything about, and even then she can’t remember everything. She was abused as a child, repeatedly, but cannot remember the identity of her abuser. Now every man that she has known for a long time is…