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In and out

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 11, 2011 by abandonata

I was never going to stay. I have spent too long here, eating my own flesh like Ugolino. A year on, I know where the postern gate is, I can come and go, and stay away for longer. Enough of that. From Hell, the path goes uphill through Purgatory.

This is the end of the Slough, at least for now. I might scrawl graffiti on the walls on my visits, but I’m checking out of my room. It’s not worth keeping a room here, and I can’t sub-let it for much – there aren’t so many people keen to come and stay who don’t have a place already.

So I’ll hand in my key, and try to find somewhere else to go.


A game of doctors and nurses

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 13, 2010 by abandonata

Another play date with my Slough probation officer. If I let her see the true depth of my wounds she says I have to stay here. So I play the game her way, hiding the worst injuries under muslin (she never looks underneath), and crying out as she probes the slighter injuries.

Maybe one day she’ll drop the key.