The weight of hunger in her belly is heavy.
But her husband hums. Picks meat from bones, licks his thumb.
He jabs the space between plate and glass.
She admits, “I didn’t find it.”
“Did my wife clean my house?” he asks.
“Then maybe I didn’t hide a penny today!” he laughs.
She suppresses a flinch as he points to the empty plate.
“Make that again tomorrow”, he says.
He leaves and she is able to breathe.
She wipes until everything is in place.
And whispers confession as she sets the rat traps again.
Kim is a writer based in Dorset, UK.
She is the creator of Speak Out & Spit; a collaborative showcase of artists and guest speakers, supporting charitable fundraising causes.