Not for the first time, Wanda wondered why she was awake and outside before noon. The summer sun was so goddamned bright like it was pounding the back walls of her eyeballs. And that goddamned fat girl kept yacking. She was saying something about Wanda's daughter, Marissa. At first, Wanda only pretended to pay attention, but a few phrases caught her attention - something about the kid staying out.
"Say it again," Wanda half-slurred. "But keep it slow."
The fat girl nodded and she began again. The girl had nice hair, Wanda mused - all thick and curly and dark, dark brown. But she had one of those polite little voices that Wanda thought was so goddamned annoying.
Chyna took a breath and addressed Marissa's mother again, trying to explain what she had in mind but without angering the woman. She looked like a mean drunk and the slightest thing could set her kind off.
"Well," Chyna started. "I know Marissa's been staying out some nights so you and your, um, friend could have privacy."
Wanda's glare heated up and Chyna quickly smoothed thing over.
"I mean, it's important for adults to have their privacy. Very important."
The glare cooled off slightly - enough for Chyna to proceed.
"We have plenty of space with just my Uncle Dwayne and me. And sometimes he's not home when he's on a truck route, so Marissa could stay at our place. It would be no trouble at all, I promise."
Wanda mulled this over, wondering again why this fat girl had to bring this up in the goddamned morning before goddamned noon for fuck's sake! It would be good to get the little bitch out of the house. Stan, Wanda's man, had been taking a sordid interest in the five year-old. Wanda knew that he and other lovers of hers had molested the girl and some of them had made the tot suck them off.
This story is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
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