by M P Ericson
Copyright 2011 M P Ericson
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Published by Byrnie Publishing
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Dami looked at her mother. The sick woman lay swaddled in a blanket, her feverish cheeks burning bright as the madder-red dye of the wool. Her eyes held the lustre of approaching death. Specks of light glinted off their surface, reflected from the pile of embers on the hearth.
All around hung smoke scented with herbs. It stung Dami's eyes to tears and clawed at her throat.
Through it all, the drum beat -- insistent, inescapable.