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What You Have Been Told
National Flash Fiction Day / Flash Flood Journal
… Comb a straight line down the scalp. Sweep half to one side.
Wrap elastic ’til the tiny pigtail stays in place, then do the other side.
Say, There. Good? Now teeth.
Wet the toothbrush, tuck it into the small, open mouth.
The eyes—her father’s—are on you.
Selected for Best Small Fictions Anthology, 2020
Short List: Bridport Prize, 2018
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