The telephone cord came up from deep inside me,

unusual to say the least.  But there it was.

I was sitting at the desk  when it rang

How natural to pick up the phone and


I heard  a screech coming up the cord

the scream hit my ear hard.  like an electric shock.

I spoke in a child’s voice, ‘Mummy, I love you’.

Later a vicious burn appeared on my left cheek.

I had pressed the receiver there in disbelief.