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Issue 21: 1 Jan. 2024
Microfiction: 101 words
By Bella Mahaya Carter



When Elaine’s mom found out her daughter was pregnant, she sent a card that said, “Now that you’re with child you’ll never be alone.” Starting when? Elaine wondered. She began to feel uneasy, as if her baby were spying on her from inside. She worried she might do something to upset it. The experts said sex was okay. Rocking motions comforted the fetus, and orgasms felt like the surging of tides, a natural rise and fall in the great maternal ocean. Still, it was odd thinking there were three of them in bed, and one, a stranger, might be watching.

Bella Mahaya Carter
Issue 21 (1 January 2024)

is an award-winning author of three books, most recently, Where Do You Hang Your Hammock? Finding Peace of Mind While You Write, Publish, and Promote Your Book. A devoted wordsmith and spiritual psychology practitioner, Bella facilitates online writing circles for writers, artists, healers, and seekers. Her work has appeared in The Sun Magazine, Lilith, Literary Mama, Calyx, The Dribble Drabble Review, and elsewhere. She’s currently working on an intergenerational family memoir in flash.

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