Sunday, October 18, 2009

Vignette 3: Chains

I noticed it right away when I entered the jeep - five passengers at the back of the driver and only one across them. So I sat beside the lone passenger.

Glancing up as soon I sat, I saw fear, revulsion cross the faces of those across the two of us. The woman next to me was plump, silent.

Then I heard it. Clink. Clink.

That's when I saw she was barefoot.

Moving up my glimpse, I saw the dog chains tied on her right hand.

Then I saw the damp circles on her shirt. She was lactating!

That's when I understood the looks on the passengers' faces across us.