Throwing Clay Shadows
Copyright 2010 Thea Atkinson
Cover art by William Bouguereau (The Shepherdess) design by Thea Atkinson
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Isle of Eigg: The Croft: March 26, 1807
Something was wrong with Ma's belly. It was as big as a lump of bread dough, puffing up over the bowl so secretly, it didn’t seem to grow at all till she looked at it next. Maggie hated that about bread dough, that it grew when she wasn’t looking, and now matter how long she stared at it, trying to figure out how it got bigger, it just wouldn’t budge till she got tired and started playing with her favorite dollie Bessie. She’d forget all about watching the bowl, and there would be the dough. All rounded up and stinky and wanting fingers to poke into it. So for sure, she hated how the stuff grew. And she hated that Ma’s belly seemed to be keeping the same kind of secret.