While she was sleeping in the thick, warm Malian night, he crept over the cool, white sheets….until he found what he wanted. The sight of her made him hungry, very hungry. As for her, she was still, busy dreaming dreams of an olive grove somewhere in Africa. Her stillness made it easy for him, and he took his fill of her. She never startled, she never cried out. She just lay quietly…… obliging. The very best sort of prey.
It was only the next day that she learned of his visit. He had left his mark, you see. Her skin raged in protest, firey, sensitive. As the day wore on, she thought of him. She couldn’t help it, the signs of his plunder increasingly evident. Soon phone calls were made, appointments arranged, and she found herself in a white room, with another set of cool white sheets. The doctor surveyed the intruder’s handiwork. Strange, not often seen in Bamako. Pill after pill prescribed, handfuls to be taken in tandem. His affect on her blood, his poison, would be banished. It was just a matter of time.
Nonetheless, she took preventative measures, drawing the bed clothes tightly around her at night. Just in case he came back to find her…hungry, still hungry.
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