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By Delores Swallows
Natalie sat on the small couch and looked round her new flat. The walls had a rough-textured plaster finish and needed a coat of paint to cover the dirty outlines from the previous tenants’ pictures. The exposed floorboards could do with another coat or two of varnish. The room was bleak and cold, which pretty much described Natalie’s demeanour as well. After spending two years of her life with Joe, they’d split up over a ridiculous argument. He’d stormed out one evening, then came back a couple of hours later to announce their relationship was over. That had been three weeks ago, and during that time Joe had stayed with a friend while she’d found this flat. She’d moved herself and her clothes in three days ago, and kept hoping she’d wake to find it had all been a bad dream.