Writing Circle exercise: One of your characters addresses Dante's Inferno, or more specifically their own brand of Hell. My character is a mother who has struggled with infertility.
There was never any doubt in my mind that I would be a mother one day and a good one, too. But month after month, a familiar ache in my belly burned deep and I knew that it was not yet meant to be.
Five times I carried a child for as long as my body would allow. Five times the dam was unleashed and my soul poured out rivulets of crimson.
Five times I lay on the floor weeping in what remained of my dreams.
Five times I died.
When Sarah came early – but not too early – there was no word for it, for “miracle” would never seem strong enough.
She saved me. She saved my soul from hell.
But I could not, in the end, save hers.
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