We're happy to report the winner of the second round of the Contemporary/Women's Fiction category in our OUT OF THE SLUSH PILE, Novel Journey's Fifteen Minutes of Fame Contest: Mother of my Son, by Rachel Allord of Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
For these reasons, we're pleased to present to you this month's winning entry:
by Rachel Allord
June 10th, 1992
The solution might be as simple as a green utility dumpster. Then again, the metal device that stood before her glinting in the moonlight might send her to the very pit of hell.
A muffled whimper escaped from the bundled towel in Amber Swansen’s arms. She ignored the noise; shut her mind to its existence, just like she had denied all the telltale signs crying for her attention these past few months. Even now, the quivering lump she clutched seemed like an illusion. It couldn’t be real. This was only a setback, an accident that should’ve been taken care of months ago by walking into one of those clinics, signing a few papers, and poof- problem solved. Evaporated like a bad dream. But she had ignored everything and forged on with life as usual, attended classes, rationalized away the signs, hidden behind baggy clothes, and now was left with no other choice but to take matters into her own hands.