Published by Sue Welfare at Smashwords
Copyright 2011 Sue Welfare
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The old lady whispers, 'Don't touch me – please, please don't touch me.' She says it again and again, the words pushed out on staccatos breaths. I make soothing sounds, soft clucks and purrings, which are as much to quell my own nausea as to comfort her. She is in the road, a crumpled bloodied heap of fire dry kindling, snapped and ringed round by carnations of blood and froth.