General Fiction posted December 3, 2021

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The bruises of child abuse


by Theodore McDowell

Mary waited for her father to leave the house before she went downstairs to eat breakfast. Her mother fixed scrambled eggs for her daughter. The silence between them felt like a shared secret. After breakfast, Mary sat at her mother’s vanity mirror, and the mom applied skin-colored makeup to cover the dark bruises on Mary’s upper arm. When she was finished, she kissed Mary on the forehead and sent her off to walk to school.

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