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Published: October 23, 2018
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Huang Zhi came into this world with a designated job as a construction worker and a number that was tattooed behind his ear. Once he had developed a sense of self, he was taught to appreciate the high tech exo-suit that was issued for him an hour after his birth. A standard gift that all newborns received to aid their survival. That suit was his skin. It wasn’t allowed to come off. It grew with him, stretched with his limbs and never tore. It had special, intricate systems that took care of his needs and a self-activating helmet. Its digital visor relayed all sorts of communications through the day. This suit was marketed as the pinnac
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     “Bite me,” his sister whispered. “Come here and bite me…”    The boy put his finger to his lips. “Hush! You’ll scare it off! Besides, it’s my turn to get bitten.”    We’ll see about that, the glimmer in her eyes said. His mouth curled into a smile: challenge accepted.    The two children crept forward. Their suntanned arms were stretched out to a tiny dot on the wall, like compass needles pointing north. Their ‘north pole’ however had legs and wings, so flimsy they almost disappeared against the backdrop of flowery, yellowed wallpaper. It was a miracle he had s
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        Alette bounced with impatience and tucked on her mother's sleeve. "Can I go to bed yet? Can I? It's almost half past eight. Can I go to bed? It's my bedtime. I wanna go to bed. I WANNA GO TO BEEEED! MO-OOOM!"        Finally her mother gave up on the bills and looked down at the six-year-old girl, who crossed her arms and returned the look reproachfully.        "It's my bedtime," Alette repeated, scolding her mother for not paying attention to the hour.        Trying not to chuckle at the scowl her daughter gave her, she got up and nodded, "You're right. Did you brush your teeth?"        Alette bared her teeth and tilted her head u
© 2018 - 2019 GDeyke
Content warning for parental child abuse. Warning goes double for disabled people, and triple for autistic people (and cousins) in particular.


I entered into a bargain, whereupon I received these extra criteria:
Stipulation: POV character/narrator begins the entry with a significant physical or mental challenge (disability, restraint, disorder, injury, illness or disease, etc.).
Prompt: Involves a nursery rhyme or song.

Of course, this directly includes a version of "One for Sorrow" (which is usually about magpies rather than drops of blood), but the premise is also heavily inspired by "Old Lady and The Devil", which as far as I can tell isn't even in the Roud Folk Song Index. For shame. (Also, uh, thank you Google.)

Remember, parents, filicide is bad.

11.04.2018: Results have been announced! "Mother" placed as a runner-up, but you should definitely also take a look at the other winners (and, indeed, the entry galleries).

DD 31.12.2018: Thank you so much to everyone who reads and comments, and especially to akrasiel for the feature!

Also, you should read this.

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Huang Zhi came into this world with a designated job as a construction worker and a number that was tattooed behind his ear. Once he had developed a sense of self, he was taught to appreciate the high tech exo-suit that was issued for him an hour after his birth. A standard gift that all newborns received to aid their survival. That suit was his skin. It wasn’t allowed to come off. It grew with him, stretched with his limbs and never tore. It had special, intricate systems that took care of his needs and a self-activating helmet. Its digital visor relayed all sorts of communications through the day. This suit was marketed as the pinnac
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Bite me
     “Bite me,” his sister whispered. “Come here and bite me…”    The boy put his finger to his lips. “Hush! You’ll scare it off! Besides, it’s my turn to get bitten.”    We’ll see about that, the glimmer in her eyes said. His mouth curled into a smile: challenge accepted.    The two children crept forward. Their suntanned arms were stretched out to a tiny dot on the wall, like compass needles pointing north. Their ‘north pole’ however had legs and wings, so flimsy they almost disappeared against the backdrop of flowery, yellowed wallpaper. It was a miracle he had s
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        Alette bounced with impatience and tucked on her mother's sleeve. "Can I go to bed yet? Can I? It's almost half past eight. Can I go to bed? It's my bedtime. I wanna go to bed. I WANNA GO TO BEEEED! MO-OOOM!"        Finally her mother gave up on the bills and looked down at the six-year-old girl, who crossed her arms and returned the look reproachfully.        "It's my bedtime," Alette repeated, scolding her mother for not paying attention to the hour.        Trying not to chuckle at the scowl her daughter gave her, she got up and nodded, "You're right. Did you brush your teeth?"        Alette bared her teeth and tilted her head u
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TheSkaBoss|Hobbyist Writer
okay first of all OW but also this was amazing and hopeful and wonderful and thank you :heart:

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small heart - black Thank you.
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WindySilver|Hobbyist Writer
Only now I got around to read this story! Fantastic work, you totally deserve the DD for this! I love the ending a lot! :D
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GDeyke's avatar
Thank you! :D
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WindySilver|Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! :D
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oviedomedina's avatar
What a rollercoaster of emotions!
Really love reading this!
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GDeyke's avatar
I'm glad to hear it. :D Thank you so much!
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It was a pleasure! :)
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DiablaDeLasFlores|Hobbyist General Artist
What in the what??? This is brilliant! But also wrenching. However, I LOVE that this poor, frightened, abused child is finally going to get a loving mother. What an amazing read! :clap: Congratulations on the DD! 
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Thank you! :D Having a happy ending to this one was really important to me.
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DiablaDeLasFlores|Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you have it a happy ending. :)
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As usual an excellent piece of writing. I don't know why but it was the ulululuu that made it viscerally horrifying to me. The moment I saw that the first time I suspected what I was about to read and my gut was wrenched. 
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Thank you! I'm very glad to hear it had an effect.
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N30N-T3CH|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovecraft? Is that you??

Jokes aside this ran chills down my spine, something that rarely ever happens. Massive kudos and praise. Keep it up, you could write a book!
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Thank you so much (and for watching, of course!) I'm delighted to hear it had an impact. :D
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No worries!
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Amazing!!!
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Thank you so much - and for watching, of course! :D
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Congrats on the well-deserved DD!
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Thank you! :D
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Nailed it. ;] Congrats on the DD, my friend!
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Thank you! :highfive:
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Congratulations on your much deserved DD!  :)

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Thank you!
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