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The thought I'm lucky I'm even here crossed her mind as she watched the hygienist busy herself, straightening and re-straightening what was already in place, avoiding eye contact after she answered the question: "What brought you in today?"

She thought it was obvious – several missing teeth – so she shared how she lost her teeth. No one likes to hear “my husband punched me in the face.”

It was a normal enough question, and expected. One she's answered too many times to count. She had an excuse dictated to her, but she's tired of tripping over her shoelaces.

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    D.M. almost 7 years ago

    Powerful. Great last image.

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    Neville Hunt almost 7 years ago

    This is great, if tragic. Pity those shoelaces don't tie themselves around hubby's fat neck. Now that would be something worth losing a few teeth for.

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    Melanie almost 7 years ago

    Thank you everyone.

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