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Poison Escape

“You’ve never asked my name?” she said, head tipped back and eyes on the cracked ceiling. “Then again I’ve never asked yours.”
Jamie frowned, eyebrows scurrying to knit together as the lax, loose-jaw gaze puckered and pulled into something close to concentration.
“What?” he croaked, spittle catching on chapped lips.
“I mean it’s not your fault,” she continued. “It’s not as if you’re the only one who doesn’t ask. No one does. They all think they already know.”
She waved a hand, fingers blurring across Jamie’s vision and whisking away whatever words he’d been about to attempt.
“Hush now,” she soothed. “It doesn’t matter anymore does it? Hum? I’m not going to niggle you about something as silly as a name. Why should I? It’s not my job!”
Jamie’s chin dropped, thudding against his chest.
“I know what my job is,” she carried on. “I’m here to be used.”


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Carol Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.


  1. interesting….how we can get lost in what we do…as opposed to what we are being….when i worked in the corporate world, it felt a lot like this….as long as you produced nothing much mattered….yes, and used….names are too personal for that….smiles…

    first time playing at Visdare

  2. Prostitution, right? I think it takes huge amounts of bravery to put yourself in such a vulnerable position, and the road that your life takes to need to resort to this job? I shudder to think and thank my lucky stars. I bet that there are very few women who’s clients ever know their real name. And so they are anonymous. A terrible way to need to live. A very thought-provoking response, Carol.

    • Prostitution was the initial drive behind the piece, but when I redrafted I started to think that actually, the writing could just as easily represent the connection between a drug user and the drug they use.
      It’s lovely to hear other views on my work though. I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

  3. This packs a real punch, the more so because it CAN be interpreted in more than one context. Brutal and beautiful. Thought provoking. A great piece!

  4. I really like the way you write…it’s full of mystery. I like to think that my writing is somewhat similar but you have far more mastery of that skill than I do as a beginning writer. I would love to read a full-length book that you’ve written. I think I can garuntee that I will be captivated!

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