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"Rodeo Night" by Nalini Priyadarshni
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"Rodeo Night" by Nalini Priyadarshni

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Rodeo Night

by Nalini Priyadarshni

Pressure on her bladder increased as she turned to change sides.
Heaviness disturbed her sleep and even in slumber she knew that it
was time to get up and do something about it. Once she opened her
eyes, reality rushed her. She wasn’t in her own bed at home but on a
vacation in a beach cottage and on the verge of wetting the cot. She
felt her way to the bathroom and stumbled once in it. Ran her hands
on the wall in the pitch dark with growing urgency and finally found the
light switch.

Once she relaxed her muscles, relief rose from her feet and wrapped
itself around her shoulders as she sat hunched on the unfamiliar pot.
She had held the water for so long that it was now trickling out in
short bursts. With eyes still heavy with sleep, she inspected her
surroundings. Shoddy place held together by a coat of paint.

Then everything about her froze except the sound of dripping pee.
She opened her mouth to shout but no sound came out of it. Over
the bent pipe of the dim yellow bulb, right in front of her, regarding her
with its black, cold beady eyes, sat a mouse.

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