TITLE: The Fairytale Sisterhood
GENRE: Women’s Fiction
Kat wrapped the white robe around her and padded on bare feet back to the inner room. She fidgeted as she sat amongst the other white-robed beings who bestowed annoyingly serene half-smiles upon her. She ignored them.
She wondered what people found so therapeutic about this place. It was too early in the morning for this, and all the serenity was making her agitated. If someone started the whole ommm thing she might have to hit them.
Her two business partners, Leah and Olivia, had insisted she start taking care of herself. The first step, apparently, was to achieve inner calm.
‘You’re so edgy these days,’ said Olivia, who’d turned stress management into an art form.
Leah grinned. ‘Indeed, grasshopper. You must to learn to go with the ebb and flow of an ever-changing universe.’
Kat couldn’t bring herself to tell them she’d just started her period. But PMT wasn’t the problem. It was the sight of her own menstrual blood that brought an agonized scream to her throat – one she couldn’t release, especially not in the office toilet.
Once Kat would have laughed out loud at the streaks of blood, relieved she wasn’t pregnant. That day, a single tear had shattered on the tiles at her feet as she tried to clean herself up. There would be no celebrating this month, nothing to tell anyone – not that anyone would suspect that she wanted a baby. Kat knew what they’d all think. The career-focused, impregnable Kat wants a…what?