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Begging the Gift
by Elizabeth H. Smith
Begging the gift, it pushed against a fleshy wall. Misformed, incomplete in body, it persisted with meager strength. Fully matured in mind, it hungered for light, insisted on fair chance. But the form in which it grew resisted. Its heart beat with what it knew to be revulsion; the connection allowed it to know. Something pushed back against the barrier it placed its hand upon. A strange sensation came with it. The commotion, screaming, howls of regret and horror, all filled its ears until its mind wished to fall rather than climb.
The unbearable noise gave forth the drive to expel itself from its prison. Its tiny fingers tore open the pulsating sack, dug through thin layers until it tasted fresh air for the first time. It looked up at the three others in the room. The one from which it had come, dead. The others, frozen in place by innate response.
For a moment, it wondered why. But its need for sustenance erased that concern, and it began to feed.
Fiction © Copyright Elizabeth H. Smith
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More About Elizabeth H. Smith:
Elizabeth H. Smith is a storyteller who writes while trying to keep her cat, Luna off the keyboard. The musical group, Rasputina is her muse. She was born in the state of New York and would never feel at home anywhere else.
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