The Roar

Two days before she’s due, she feels no movement. She can tell something’s wrong.  Try moving around, they tell her on the phone.  Wake baby up.

Nothing.

They drive to the hospital immediately, unspeaking, but instead of the amplified iambic pounding of the heartbeat they hear nothing.

Silence.

I’m so very sorry, the nurse says.

And although nobody will tell her exactly where her baby has gone, she knows that the roar she emits upon hearing the news is from that same bleak, lifeless place.

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