Excerpt for “My Little Luna”
The sharp stabbing pains woke me from a deep sleep. I grew more terrified by the minute. The gnawing pain intensified deep within my body.
The surges of pain overtook my body releasing abruptly, in a futile attempt I tried to make the pain go away, rubbing my rock hard belly even tried to change positions but nothing was working.
The pain kept coming, getting closer and closer together. I was in labor. I slowly sat up on the edge of my bed. Took a deep breath as the next contraction came and slowly went away.
As I stood up a gush of water ran down my leg. My water broke. I slowly walked out of my room, as I ambled my way down the dark hallway, the contractions were getting harder and closer together.
I knocked on my grandmother’s door, quietly letting myself in. I switched on the small lamp on her bedside table.
“Grandma,” I whispered. “I'm in labor, my water broke.”
I got closer to her bed the room was quiet. I leaned into to whisper in her ear. “Grandma, the baby, I think it’s time.”
Something wasn't right, as I leaned in closer I could hear her breathing but her breaths were shallow. I felt her, she was cold to the touch and her skin was clammy. She was not responding to my voice.
Another contraction, another trickle of water ran down my leg. I clenched my fist and hunched over when the contractions got harder. I screamed.
Author: Christina Bustamante
Los Banos, California.