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Gráinne Daly is has studied at Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University and holds an MSc from John Moore’s University Liverpool. She is currently doing an MA in Creative Writing in University College Dublin having given up her ‘day job’ last year to finally pursue her goal of working as a writer. She writes poetry, non-fiction and contemporary fiction and is currently working on her debut novel.

 

 

 

 

Next Stop, Ealing Broadway

 

 

A plain cheese sandwich is wolfed down by a groggy girl delighted to have

woken from her anesthetic to the bliss of no-nausea. Fasted since last night and

took the red-eye to arrive in Ealing for nine.

 

A cup of tea given by a smiling Pilipino nurse offering custard creams and

paracetamol is washed down and the girl declares herself pain-free so she can

hurry to catch a return flight.

 

The Doctor cautioned not to fly for 24 hours so she fibs that she’s staying with

friends. No money for a hotel, the trip had cost all she’d been able to borrow. Last

flight home with a budget carrier from an airport the far side of the City. Couldn’t

take a second day off college.

 

Finally boards flight, shattered and bleeding. Lower back throbs and her legs are

going dead. Underestimated the walk in the Tube, at Liverpool St, through

Stanstead. Didn’t have time to collect prescription – has no painkillers. Needs to

tend to blood flow but toilet light has gone off.

 

Rummages in bag for remains of a flapjack. Finds receipt for today - £455.

Crumples it and resolves to dispose it along with boarding cards. Thinks of warm

bed and a cup of tea. Pilot announces 2 hour delay, won’t land in Dublin until

1a.m.

 

Takes today’s creased paper from seat pocket in front. Headline concerns

sentencing of a drug baron who flooded Dublin with Heroin – he got 14 years. A

cramp wrenches her abdomen and she thinks about the other Irish 14 year

sentence.

 

 

©2017 Gráinne Daly

 

 

 

 

 

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