#37 – Mercy

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“Mercy! Mercy!”

Katie was laughing through the pain, bent over the side of the bed, her arm twisted behind her by her brother.

“Who stole the cake?”

Her brother twisted his wrists again, the burning friction raking her skin.  She laughed into the mattress.

“I stole the cake!  I stole it!  Get off!”

“See, that wasn’t so hard.”  The boy released her and bounced onto the bed.  Katie thumped him in the chest.

“Well I couldn’t let the Nanny eat it, could I?  Not after what you did to it.”

Her brother shrugged.

“I was just encouraging her to leave.”

(c) Tim Austin 2016. Image courtesy of Annie Spratt via Unsplash.

Today’s word was suggested by mother, grandmother, writer, activist @ae_wylie.  You too could have your word made into a story!  Just pop the word in the comments below or tweet it to me @timaustin2k using the hashtag #onewordonestory 

This story is related to my earlier story “Tea”.

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