New story I am planning to run in episodic flash fiction form on Thursdays and Sundays. This will be a Romantic comedy with elements of parody – intended as teen fiction. Sweet Brain Damage Contents page.
Sweet Brain Damage – A Prologue
Most parents think their newborn babe is something special. The Lawsons were no exception to this. In time Idle Lawson began to harbour suspicions that her youngest daughter, Abigail, was something extraordinary. She often found herself in the middle of feeding with no memory of having unlatched her bra. This she put down to sleep deprivation. Sometimes she thought she heard her child crying half way across town, even though she had left the child with her husband, James. This was surely due to anxiety. Idle would check on the Abigail in the night and swore she had seen the infant floating a inch off the cot mattress. That had to a trick of the light. This was surely not possible. So Idle dismissed her notions as evidence of a sleep deprived brain.
As Abigail grew, however, the issues only seemed to worsen. The household suffered from extreme poltergeist activity. Idle and James were finding themselves in the middle of odd tasks, with no memory of what they had been doing or even why. Idle’s work ethic so badly because of these memory gaps that she lost her job and sought, out of desperation, psychiatric help, for she could no longer cope with her extraordinary daughter. She dearly hoped that some magic pill would make it all go away. A magic pill was not an answer to the Lawsons’ problem. The solution occurred entirely by accident when Abigail’s sleep deprived father slipped and dropped the child on her head. He thanked god for the resilience of infant skulls that day. Their precious nightmare was fine. After that though, their special little girl was as ordinary as a fly.