Her junkie heart

Emily had taken great care to hide her tracks. A prospective employer might wonder why she needed long sleeves on such a brutally hot day, but explaining away the tracks and abscess scars? That would have been impossible- even if she was given the opportunity.

As she waited at the transit mall, she drank in the landscape of street-life squalor that surrounded her. No longer was it camaraderie that she felt. Nor was it pity. For the first time, it was contempt.

She knew how crucial that feeling of disgust was. It was the one difference that might give her the edge- this time.

It was then, that she caught sight of him. It was James. Her James. His beautifully cut, tattooed arms- clutching a trash bin, as he hovered over it, a thin line of spittle connecting the two of them. Undeniably dope-sick.

Her junkie heart leapt.

Written for Crispina Kemp’s Crimsons Creative Challenge #20

17 thoughts on “Her junkie heart

  1. So true, Dale. And since a geographical move is out of the question for so many, it is often a separation of the heart that makes change possible. Thank you so much for your thoughts.

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  2. You’ve touched on something of which many people are unaware. My son is an addict. When he was in temporary – and incomplete – recovery, he pointed out that he and many addicts he knows find pleasure in being a revolting as possible. Extreme inverted snobbery like that is another aspect which makes recovery harder.

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    • I’m an addict myself. Not currently indulging but in every way an addict no less. The fact that my protag’s heart leapt when she saw her man in such an inglorious position is key to understanding this piece. I think you may be the only one that even came close. Thank you, Jane.

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      • I thought so, but I didn’t like to ask. Some addicts prefer people not to know.

        There are so many triggers, and a part of the brain is always looking for the slightest excuse. Congratulations on your recovery. I have great admiration for recovering addicts.

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