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Forever Mom by Kelly Ashey

Forever Mom


I have been here for two hours but I feel displaced in time, as if I have never been anywhere else. The small exam room has a single painting of a meadow, and the low narrow window is shuttered so that I cannot see the trees or morning light. My heart thumps hard and rapidly in my chest.

Outside the closed door behind me I hear the faint muffled voices of technicians at the nurse's station, and then a deeper voice. The conversations and laughter stop. Silence seeps under the door. I shiver and tighten my grip on the plastic arms of the examination chair.

I know.

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