"BEHOLD THE CHILD"
By Harry Shannon
Published by Harry Shannon at Smashwords
Copyright 2010 Harry Shannon
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"Behold the child, by Nature's kindly law
Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw."
Alexander Pope 1688-1744
"Please, man, let me go!"
The terrified girl with the runny nose could have been any age between twenty and forty. Her name was Pearl, or so she claimed. She was skeletal; with badly pocked skin and stringy brown hair. Pearl wore a man's blue work shirt, filthy jeans and tennis shoes with no socks. She kept scratching at the scabs on her arms. Years of junk and physical abuse had rendered her features generic, although at some point she might have been pretty.