54 word story, “She”

The tone of her voice struck me, the way she took command over the language. I sucked in my breath and sauntered across the room, her icy stare penetrating my domineering facade. Bending to sit, she unleashed a shriek of astonishment, I jumped in awe. “I think my dog likes you, John.” “yeah, right.”

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save me

my caramel skin scorched

by the heat emanating from their gaze,

my hair, flowing like the leaves of birches

in the wind of their sighs

“I’m sorry” I whisper,

to unknown faces clouding my judgment,

to the scorching gaze of my audience,

to the sighing bodies before me.

“save me” I say,

as I look up to the sky,

“your children have failed you”