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#FF — Corrugated Pain


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Corrugated pain

She’d been confined in the spartan quarters for at least a month, maybe longer. The dark room offered nothing but time to think about what she’d done. Lying on the lifeless prison-grade mattress day after day, the only comfort came from light wiggling its way through the corrugated sheets of glass above her.

She studied wavering hues on the wall made by light’s refraction, remembering the rainbows in the woman’s dress; the look in her husband’s eyes; a black pit germinating in her heart. It was easy to run to the fifth floor balcony and leap off.

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47 thoughts on “#FF — Corrugated Pain

  1. She studied wavering hues on the wall made by light’s refraction, remembering the rainbows in the woman’s dress; the look in her husband’s eyes; a black pit germinating in her heart. It was easy to run to the fifth floor balcony and leap off.

    Beautiful piece of very evocative writing.

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  2. The descriptive writing was so good it had me reading over and over again. Unfortunately, I still didn’t understand the plot until I read all of the comments. The thing that confused me was the number of possible elements that were ambiguous, especially the woman’s husband. And why was a place of healing so unpleasant?

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  3. Sorry if things were too ambiguous. She is in locked into a room for her own safety, after having leapt off of the 5th floor balcony after walking in on her husband who was with a woman in a rainbow-colored dress. Even in the stark room, the prism on the wall triggered the memory. It’s unpleasant because suicide watch leaves a room pretty much bare, and she’s not safe to be let wander freely at this point. I’m guessing she’s in a lot of pain from her physical injuries as well, which isn’t pleasant. Hoping this clears up some of the ambiguity? I appreciate your comments and questions 🙂

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