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by - April 11, 2019

lady in red

Sarah had never been so excited her entire life, although it took five years since her last visit, Red finally came.
For decades, songs about her were sung across their village.  It was she who turned girls into women. Although she came mostly during the teenage years, some women were considered fortunate to have her visit them before they turned thirteen.
One of these lucky few was her older sister Mercy. She was only eleven when Red came, their parents were so happy that they killed a ram in her honour.
“Your father will do likewise for you when the time comes.” Their mother said.
Her sister was clothed inexpensive linen, the kind which meant she would no longer play in the dirt like other children.
A short period after the visit from Red, families came in groups to speak to their father, they always spoke in low tones, preventing anyone who dared to eavesdrop from hearing a thing.
One evening, three months after the visit, their mother packed all Mercy’s belongings and together they left the house. The next day only their mother returned.
That was the last time she saw her sister before her time came. Whenever she asked about her, their mother would remind her Mercy was a woman now and had been sent to fulfill her purpose as such.
She was thirteen, a bit late for the women in her family but nevertheless, her time had finally come.
That night as the entire village slept, she felt Red’s grip on her lower belly. At first, she thought her stomach was just reacting to the two-day-old meal she had for dinner, it wasn’t until she felt the thick fluid escape from her yoni region that she realized what was happening. 
As Red tightened her grip, Sarah’s flow escaped more aggressively. She held her eyes shut for a few minutes, hoping it was enough time for Red to make her way out of their home. She couldn’t wait to wake a woman.
The next morning, their mother brought her new outfit. It was similar to the kind her sister wore a few years back.
As was promised, a ceremony was held to celebrate her womanhood even though she couldn’t attend.  The entire day, she felt as though Red placed an invisible hold on her belly, one that made even the smell of roast beef repulsive.  


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