- Vol. 04
- Chapter 07
If she shakes her face fast enough the bruises blur to cool glass, a brittle band of dark shade across her eyes which her fingertips tap like ice. It’s better than the suck of wet plum.
The glare is bearable through the glass if she keeps her head moving. She stares out defiantly at neon breasts and impossibly bright legs, her own feet rooted in the earth.
The ankles are spattered with sap and shit but she holds them, stiff, nonetheless. This stops her getting lost.
The quiet chair has been waiting for weeks, inviting her to rip her thin white roots from the soil and rest her thighs, dangle her toes, swing her calves to look the world in the eye. Come, hold your head high and still.
But she slurps water through her feet for now, face still spinning, tender sockets, shades intact. In this way she hopes to survive.