Academic journal article Hecate

A Country Girl

Academic journal article Hecate

A Country Girl

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My brother said Dad hacked their heads off with an axe because he didn't want to waste more bullets on the half-dead goats The child was shocked by all that slow chop bone-crunch and bleating meat but country boys must be real men and real men are definitely not squeamish so later my four brothers learned to slaughter sheep but I never watched never wanted to see red spray from the throat gash

And I remember my young-girl shock discovering Dad drowned the pups those bleary-eyed innocents which always vanished so mysteriously For consolation they gave me a cat her first soft kittens were all mine till one day found small heads and paws smeared on the concrete floor by their father, a wild tom cat they said it was natural - male cats just do that

Spotlighting was our night-time thrill peering through darkness for the bright eye-gleam hushed whispers as sights were levelled I watched enthralled but could not kill

My brothers took to it quite easily I knew I must exterminate my female weakness and with time I did - the rabbits keeled over readily when my finger squeezed metal Bang. …

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