“Bump in the night” WIP Character Scene Challenge, Oct.

Didi Oviatt

Toes first, I lower myself into the steaming water of my antique clawfoot bathtub. The aroma of lavender and muscle-relaxing oils swirl and blend. They’re pushed and pulled around the air through the lifting steam, rolling up the length of my body like barrels of smoke. I flinch at the burning heat. The water is as hot as I can stand it without actually burning my flesh. I want the heat to last. I plan on planting myself in the tub for quite some time.

It’s been nearly three years since I moved Maylee and Josie back to the California coast with me. They both seem to be healing and adapting well. All parties involved in the downtaking of Braun, Craig, and their entire human trafficking operation are long since locked away. Most of them for life, as they should be. Despite my girl’s being in their early twenties, and…

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