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The Garden of Ruin

Novel By: aaihalbs
Young adult

Seraphina Briggs is trapped in an unhappy marriage and she doesn't even know it. She is a merely a creation of her husband and can't manage to stand on her own. Transparent and shy, Seraphina knows she'll never be happy, never be strong enough to stand on her own. She believes her only chance at anything close to happiness is a child. When even a child fails to quench her sadness she sets out to create a foolproof plan to ensure her daughters happiness and prosperity.

Novels aren't my thing, and either are summaries. Interest or not, I'm going to try and actually pull this one off. Wish me luck! :) View table of contents...


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Submitted:Aug 25, 2011    Reads: 58    Comments: 9    Likes: 6   


Everymorning he poured a steaming cup of coffee; tradition.
Everymorning I poured a lukewarm cup of coffee down the sink; habit.
Together, we made a schedule.
We were supposed to make a home.
So I could be a homemaker.
Now I'm just a house-minder.
I wander a house as barren as myself. And I think. All the time, I think. Why does he pour a cup of coffee every morning and never drink it? I don't even mind it being a waste, I just crave to uncover the motive.

It's Monday today. The day I feel best. I'm bold and powerful and optimistic. He's grumpy. He's got work. Work, work, work. He pours his coffee and sits down, ruffles his newspaper, taps his fingers. I watch. He notices.
"What?" I can't tell if he's angry or annoyed. Is there a difference?
"Why do you pour your coffee, yet never drink it?" I question in a mixture of intesity and casualness.
He takes a strong gulp in reply, a faint shudder plays across his lips. I sigh. When I hear the door click shut I move to pour the coffee down the sink but today I pause, for a sip. It's like sickly sweet foul water. I shudder and the decievingly caramel-coloured mixture funnels down the sink.

Today is just another day, after all.


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