For some reason, this didn’t come into my reader today.
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11. Absent (Note: duplicated in the list but noticed WOEBEGONE in the image)
The change in her behaviour could be traced to a particular day, when anger and jealousy amassed into an onslaught of acerbic and deleterious comments hurled so mercilessly in her direction, the beating of fists raining against her head.
Conversation, if any, was muted, her mind seemingly parched of any emotion.
Recognition of family remained absent despite numerous attempts to revive or reclaim it.
There was no maternal love here, no loving bosom to nestle into. In his mother’s place sat a stranger with a permanent woebegone expression, distant and almost unreachable.
His father had a lot to answer for.
But then he already had when she cut his throat with the bread knife.