C is for Curl

CApril sucked in her breath as a hand slipped around her belly under the covers. She felt his nose between her shoulder blades, hot breath seeping through her cotton nightgown. So his head was under the blanket, thank god. Whoever he was…

Light burst crimson across her eyelids. Kitchen smells and lived-in aftershave wafted into her bedroom on a gentle hallway breeze. She heard her father’s impatient sigh, felt his gaze on her like a slap. She held her breath to keep from heaving, but there was nothing she could do about her racing pulse.

Please just go. Nothing to see here, Dad. Just g—

She felt a stiffness poking into the back of her thigh, and the warm body spooned around her went to stone.

“April?” her dad whispered.

Corpses never laid so still.

Until a thumb stroked the skin around her bellybutton. And stone melted by degrees. April’s heart was a jack hammer—there was no way her dad couldn’t hear it. A feather caress against her back.


A calf hooked around her foot.

He’s tall.

“Damn brats.” Dad’s voice was already trailing down the hallway. “Gotta get up at freakin’ six-o’clock…”

A hand brushed past her breast and up to her face, a tender stroke on her cheek.

Zach. My god, it’s Zach.

If she just turned her head a fraction, her lips would touch his thumb.

“Zaaaaach…” came her brother’s whisper from the window, a sound she relished and abhorred. “Come on, dude. Let’s go.”

Bedsprings creaked and her body fell back against the sudden declivity behind her. Then the mattress sprung flat again as Zach’s body left hers.

“Alright, I’m coming,” he whispered to the open air outside.

April lay like a dead fish as lips pressed against her cheek.



This flash fiction is part of the A to Z Challenge. A new installment arrives every day in April, following the alphabet; check the calendar below to see which letters post on which days. Read more about it HERE.



Sarah is the author of the new Young Adult novel, The Tramp, which is the first book in her epic saga, Bound. She is also currently working on a related novella entitled, Wicked Lover, which will be released in serial format on Amazon every two months. View the trailer for The Tramp, and listen to its original soundtrack! Find more info and links at www.sarahwathen.com. An artist turned author, Sarah's literary work incorporates art judicially, both in plotlines and in supporting social media. A reader can view characters' art and posters for fictitious events in Shirley County, listen to samples of character's favorite music and music that inspired the writing process, and even purchase a charm given to the heroine of The Tramp. LayerCake Productions is Sarah Wathen's independent publishing company, responsible for producing all video, audio and imagery for the Bound saga. Visit www.layercakeproductions.com for more info.

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