March 6, 2017

“I ate salt to exorcise myself of the dead and the dark and the man. I put handfuls of salt in my mouth and crunched. My tongue withered with the first bite. I could not breathe. Between bites, I whispered a vanquishing mantra: Away with you, away with you. Away with the dead, away with the house, away with the man, away with myself. The salt was unpleasant. It grew more so by the handful…”

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