Tuesday, October 18, 2011


(My entry in the 78-word Esquire short short fiction contest).

Celia said goodbye to her father at the Manila  airport. She had paid to work as a maid in Saudi Arabia. She worked for an Arab couple in Riyadh. Her employers held her virtually prisoner in the house. The husband raped her. Crazed with the  abuse, she stabbed the man to death. The court sentenced her to be beheaded. As she was led to her death, she looked up at the hot sky of Riyadh and cried: "Papa!"

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