Round and round Ana wound the thread, bright turquoise running between her fingers. “If you would just let me explain…” she tried to say.
“You’re not going,” the older woman announced, not even glancing away from her work on the loom. “There’s no point discussing it.” Her fingers danced like a harpist plucking the strings, but hers was a song of color and patterns that would take weeks to complete. Ana marveled, not for the first time, how someone as severe as her mother was capable of creating such beauty.
Every thread in its place.
Round and round, Ana spun the thread, her grip on the shuttle so tight her fingers started to hurt. Her mother continued weaving. “You don’t really need me here, Ana remarked.
The answer came automatically. “Don’t be ridiculous. Of course I do.”
No thread out of place, Ana thought. The last of the turquoise thread slipped through her fingers. The shuttle was ready. But instead of handing it to her mother, Ana slipped it into her pocket and said, “Mother, I think this will be your finest work yet.”
Ana meant what she said, but her mother simply scoffed. Ana didn’t care. She was leaving.
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Story by Gregory M. Fox