Her Duties by Joyce Finny

Prompt: The List  |  Genre: Drama  |  Word count: 1500 words
Caution: Contains graphically violent scenes and coarse language
You are lying on your bed and staring at the ceiling. You had hoped to stare aimlessly, trying to take your mind off what’s happening to you. But then you spot a cobweb in the corner. And suddenly you hear your mother, sounding like an ancient figurehead, almost as if it isn’t her but a thousand score ancestors speaking through her, “A woman must keep her house and herself clean and beautiful, as a bride decked up for her husband.”
It always happens, this intrusion of strange voices. They come in at the most inopportune moments. As if they are a list of songs on an old record playing on an even older gramophone, that never works when it should, and always when it shouldn’t.

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