Academic journal article Hecate

Henceforth

Academic journal article Hecate

Henceforth

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1. In a blessed state of fecundity each month she retches in relief at the bloody signals, prays to the Lord for a child while the family can hear, confesses at another church how the thought of conception makes her hysterical and says her penance over and over and over.

2. It's truly a miracle a tiny white pill which keeps her barren and safe from inheritance and family the clucking of in-laws the stench of nappies the obligatory christening and then the years and years of slavery to one who demands all returns nothing like her husband.

3. Caught with the packet in her underwear drawer she repented on her knees many times lay back, legs open to receive her just deserts - a child, who screams thumps his fists on her breasts, keeps her awake at night when she's desperate for sleep, pulls her hair to command her attention - it is the inheritance she feared.

4. There below her his curly black head bobs and controls his mouth open so she must obey from day to night one or the other scrambling between her legs wheedling or forcing her to give give give. Her hand lifts then drops again caught between a caress and a killing blow.

5. Only ten and yet he struts like a cock in heat herding chickens in his yard. She watches them both patting each other with pride he the muscled stud father he the puny pretender son and she shrivels in her sunny applianced kitchen holding the butcher's knife far tighter than necessary, slicing zucchini and carrots. …

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