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Hotel Room #1 by William Taylor, Jr.
published in Volume 7, Issue 1 on April 24th, 2000

A hotel room somewhere
in a town youíre glad you never
lived in
two people
in bed drinking beer and wine
smoking cigarettes
she telling him about the time
when she was 14
one of her fatherís
friends tied her to a
chair and raped her and
when he was done he told her
he would kill her if she ever
told anybody
she believed him and so she
never did
until now
he only half
listening watching the smoke
drift about the room
not knowing what to say just
wanting her to stop
crying
telling her
itís okay pouring her another
glass of wine wondering
when she would be drunk enough
to let him fuck her.

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