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Always Read The Label by Eve McDonnell
Morning roused with her squint-induced headache – she was homeward bound. With setting eyelids, she snapped the foil and released two. Shuffling to the drinks cabinet, her biro-warped fingers reached for the jangly handle. The bottles clinked. She checked dates on the 7up label and, in three urgent gulps, washed down the much needed chalky two. For years Peteen worked night-shift. Swore it took years off her life. In sleep-friendly light she’d treble-checked pillbox labels and long-lettered names on pouches dripping hope into the hopeful. Now, with eyes too wide she’d swallowed ten years at least – for it was Poteen, Peteen.
The SHORT TALE 100 – SEPTEMBER 2016