Numb

It felt numb to him now. It had hurt at the time. This big, swollen thing that was now a part of him and would take such a long time to heal. She caused it, she was so jealous and now he lay on the bed, unable to move for fear of breaking that which was already fragile.

What was left now was something so unbearable. He felt like he couldn’t breathe. His arms were wound so tightly around it, that he was beginning to sweat. He couldn’t hold on much longer, but he was not sure how he could ever let go. He kept thinking about what people say in these situations “ashes to ashes, dust to dust” and he wondered how long it took bones to become ashes and dust. How long would he have to live with this pain before it could be discarded like ashes?

His mind was racing and his gut was churning with unfed acid and the pain of lost love. It was going purple. He wondered if he should use his mobile phone to call for help, but there would be too many questions to answer. He thought about wrapping it in a sort of make-shift gauze, maybe a bed sheet to stop the bruising; to help it heal but it was too broken.

He unwound his arms realising his defeat, and allowed the pain to once again become a reality. He looked down at the bone sticking out and cried in agony. She could have stopped it. She should not have run at him like that, fists raised. He put his arm out to stop her but she fought back and he grabbed her by the neck with his arms and dragged her back to the bed to calm her. She kept kicking and he kept squeezing and then something snapped and he felt the pain. Her neck bone punctured the skin and her eyes were blank, and all he had left was the skeleton love.

Numb

Flic Manning

St Kilda, Australia

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My entry for the Twisted Tales Challenge 22 with the prompt “bones”

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