Flash Fiction: Fit into Place (131 words)

It was a relief to crawl into bed at the end of the days and shut her eyes against the small lights of the dark. It was a relief to lean into her mattress, curl her hands in her blankets to lock them around her shoulders, and breathe out, hollow herself out as she was supposed to, to sink into sleep.

It wasn’t usually. It had just been one of those days that took pieces out of her without reason. One hour at a time, the day had persistently worked bits of her free from their settings, and she tightened her grip, down and down.

Until evening, when she realized she wasn’t holding anything anymore, all bone and no marrow.

And it was relief, to not have to tell herself she should be full.

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