Parasite in the Shadows
By Deisy Toussaint
Translated by Toshiya Kamei
Something tears you up inside. Huge
claw marks run across your belly, struggling to burst out. Your bowels are
undone. Howls pierce the air. You start to bleed profusely and panic. The shadows
invade your room until it’s almost dark, until you’re only lit by a dim
moonbeam intriguing the chilling gloom.
You try to walk through the
squelch of pain. You reach for the chair. Stumble. Your legs give away. Out.
You slide to the floor.
Your pupils dilate when
something breaks out of you. A dreadful being crawls out. Your breath
languishes. His feet reach the ground. He glares at you as he devours the
umbilical cord and the rest of the sack that contained him.
With love in your eyes, you
reach for your baby with bloody fingers. As you’re about to gasp for your last
breath, your spawn scurries into the shadows.
Deisy Toussaint is a Dominican journalist
based in Santo Domingo. Her work has appeared in anthologies and journals such
as Mujer en pocas palabras, El fondo del iceberg, and miNatura.
She is co-author with Óscar Zazo of Operación Azabache: La invasión