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Fire Words by Sara Crowley

In the black bonfirey night they stood, jacketed and swaddled. Cora sucked on a woolen mitten, gnawing at a loose thread, not liking the texture in her mouth, but enjoying the sensation that she might just retch. Jason was whooping. They watched as their father nailed a Catherine wheel to the brittle fence. Mum was baking the potatoes, frying the sausages, with the back door open so that the aroma encircled them all. Cora’s stomach growled. She was hungry. She felt forever empty no matter how much she consumed. She touched her stomach, large and round and stupid. If she were thinner the kids at school would stop teasing her, then she wouldn’t feel so hollow. This was the circle that spun in her mind as the Catherine Wheel twisted on it own sparking journey. She wondered when they could eat. It was later than usual; the hunger pangs had become rumbling jags inside her. Dutifully she oohed as the sky became fleetingly full of green stars and yellow sparks. “The sausages are burning.” “Well just keep them going for a bit can you?” said Dad. “Not for too much longer, else they’ll be black.” Dad looked up from where he was crouched on the ground, spearing a rocket stalk into the near frozen ground. “You look gorgeous.” He winked, and the children followed his gaze to the back door where, illuminated in a slab of yellow light, stood their mum, just their mum. Jason “wit whooed” and they all laughed. Except Cora, who stood, empty and lonely. And when Dad handed her a sparkler that fizzed and shook out a million white-hot stars, she wrote it in fire against the night sky, the echo of the taunts she heard every day. “Cora Marks is a fat bitch and must die.”

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