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out of the room. This is the last time I will see my mother. Her skin is blue, and I don’t smell her sent. * I’m crying in a dark room. There’s something cold and stiff on my wrist. “Mama, mama,” I whimper. No one comes. Bang, Bang. I hear a pounding on the door and an angry voice calling out in the same language as my mother. “Stop your crying before I give you something to really cry about!” The voice shocks me to a hush. The only light comes from a sliver under the door. I’m wearing saturated underwear. It is so cold. I shiver all the time. * I’m awakened by a bright naked blub that swings on a cord from the ceiling. The room is small with burgundy walls. I’m chained to a naked mattress, stained with blood, shit and piss. The man with the lion mask grabs my free arm and shackles it to the other side of the bed so that I’m face down. He wipes me off with a cold wet rag. Over my shoulder I can see the lion leading a group of men in animal masks into to the room as they circle the bed. There is an elephant, a hippo, a tiger, and a chimp. Each of them takes his turn mounting me. It seems the more I thrash and scream the harder they get. By the end I’m so exhausted I hang limp from the brass bedposts. This happens again and again. I loose track of how many times the animals attack me. How many times the lion tells me, “Don’t bight. Bad boys bight,” as they choke me with their erections. The taste is the worst, like gym socks and old cheese. * In the dark I hear a commotion. Lots of yelling and then, suddenly, shots fired. Two holes burst through the wall letting in two pillars of light. The floating dust makes them solid Page 49 | The Paragon Journal

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The Paragon Journal - Issue Ten  

The Paragon Journal is an online literary journal that specializes in helping younger authors find their way in the literary world.

The Paragon Journal - Issue Ten  

The Paragon Journal is an online literary journal that specializes in helping younger authors find their way in the literary world.

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