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Treading Water

Yvonne Leslie

©2013 by Yvonne Leslie

First Smashwords edition

Book design: Y42K Book Production Services

For Trevor, Paige and Hayden –

I could not have done this without you

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)

It’s always ourselves we find in the sea.

e. e. cummings


July 1978

Maggie woke up early. The sun was just coming up and streamed through the windows of the cottage. She lay back on the pillow, enjoying the gentle rocking movement of the baby inside her. She had started to wear a man’s dress shirt to bed to accommodate her growing breasts and stomach, and now she unbuttoned the bottom to examine her tummy more closely. Every so often a small fist would create a soft bump on her stomach. Maggie would gently push back and it would disappear only to appear in a different spot, silently playing a game of hand-to-hand. Maggie was mesmerized. She could hardly wait to meet this little person inside her.

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