Her body still stung from the touch of unwanted hands and her heart continued to beat, beat, beat.

Calmly, rhythmically, like a clock, like a metronome, like the metronome that sat on top of the piano she played back when she had enough strength to lift her wiry fingers and press the keys.

Her mother's friends with their soft hands, their smooth hands that used her without pity, without noticing how each time they saw her, the blush in her cheeks was becoming lighter and lighter. Her breathing was becoming heavier.

She was a child with a heavy heart and heavy, tired eyes.

They were like children, unsympathetic as they dragged their doll around and used her for entertainment.

And the blush in her cheeks was becoming lighter and lighter.

Her body fell back in the hospital bed. Her tired eyes closed, but she didn't sleep. Her body still stung from the touch of unwanted hands and her heart continued to beat, beat, beat.

Her mother's voice came, as soft as the hands that made her body sting. Comforting lies. Warm and sickening. As the days passed, the words continued, but they were laced with the truth: she was going to die, young and abused, and the blush in her cheeks was becoming lighter and lighter.

Warm and sickening words filled the room and danced circles around her head as her body sank further into her hospital bed.

Days and more days, medicine and more medicine, and the hospital was home now. Her mother brought in a painting of a magnolia and hung it on the wall, to lighten the mood.

Days and more days.

Her cold cheeks were as pale as the magnolia hanging on the wall.


Notes: Based on the beautiful song Magnolia by The Hush Sound. If you haven't listened to that song, I would suggest doing so immediately. I've wanted to write something based on that for... years, pretty much, and the urge to actually stop being lazy and do so kind of hit me out of the blue. So yeah. That's kind of what happened. Reviews, would definitely be appreciated. I've never quite written anything like this before, tbh. Feedback? And I promise to love you forever.