Maritsa slid on a fresh pair of latex gloves. She pulled the ham from the shelf and plopped it on the machine. She smiled and handed a package to a lady who took it with her free hand. She held a baby in her other arm.
The smile slid away from Maritsa’s face. She mindlessly patted her belly and called:
For hours her smile appeared and disappeared as she served customers. Later, she tied up her arm. Slid the needle into her vein for a rush of euphoria. Next came the cessation of pain and then the end.
word count: 99
Written in response to the 66th Challenge of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, Week of 05-17 through 05-23-2016. This week’s photo prompt is provided by Yinglan. Thank you Yinglan!