1. The List by Mia Botha

Prompt: The List | Word count:1500 words | Genre: Drama
She pressed the home button and Instagram shrunk into a tiny square on her screen. She squeezed her eyes and tried to stop the tears. It didn’t help, they ran unchecked over her cheeks and spilled into her bath water. It was a game to them. A stupid game. She turned on the old bronze tap again and let the bath fill to the brim. The ancient pipes shuddered in protest, not impressed with her demands for hot water. She sat very still, tracing her fingers along the grey tile grout, counting the smooth white tiles as she went along like she used to do when she was a little girl. That was a long time ago.

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