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The Giving Ground
by Suzanne Madron
Every fight took a little more from her. Even now, as she stumbled over roots and rocks on her way through the woods she felt her soul spilling behind her. Tonight the argument was about dinner. Last night it had been her paycheck. The nights before that she couldn’t remember, as if she had spontaneously appeared from the ether.
When she reached the clearing she plunged her fingers into the damp earth and sobbed with relief. She had no idea where she was, or how she had found her way into this forest, all she knew was she belonged here.
The ground moved beneath her and she burrowed deeper, ignoring the skulls surrounding her. Within minutes she was buried and her body was nothing but bones.
Jacob reached the clearing a half hour after Lauren #5 had decomposed. The woman waiting for him was not Lauren #6 as he had expected, however.
“You have exceeded your limit,” the woman told him.
“That wasn’t part of the deal.”
The woman unfurled a lengthy piece of parchment and pointed to the portions he had assumed were decorative inkings. “It was in the fine print.”
Fiction © Copyright Suzanne Madron
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