In Malini Bhattacharya’s short story, a young woman protagonist goes through her day busying herself in a frantic focus behind which a creeping subtlety gives way to a night full of dark thoughts and traumatic memories. The story is relatable to the extent that it verbalizes the experiences of victims and survivors, and purposefully disturbing because such experiences are so common and rampant—and not discussed. Given the sensitive nature of this story, reader discretion and parental guidance is required.

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