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Dumb enough to agree. Dumb enough to do it. Then dumb enough to feel the guilt as something hard, as something swallowed but indigestible: warm lead in her stomach, heavy, unforgiving.

It had not been her idea, really, not at all. She had thought of protesting, well she had—internally, anyway, she really had—but almost none of it had made its way out as words, and in the end she went along. And did it. And now the familiar burning was back. The knowing she had done it. The cold ...

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Dumb Enough

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Overview

Dumb enough to agree. Dumb enough to do it. Then dumb enough to feel the guilt as something hard, as something swallowed but indigestible: warm lead in her stomach, heavy, unforgiving.

It had not been her idea, really, not at all. She had thought of protesting, well she had—internally, anyway, she really had—but almost none of it had made its way out as words, and in the end she went along. And did it. And now the familiar burning was back. The knowing she had done it. The cold knowing they would find out, they always did. Shifting and burning in her stomach.

She was in her room, sitting on her bed, her comfortable and neatly made bed. She shifted to tuck her left leg in under her and the springs creaked softly at the movement. Creaked like a welcome, it was such a comfortable noise. A home noise. A her-room noise. She leaned a little to the side to hear the springs creak again, and they cooperated.

She sat in a warm semi-darkness. The yellow light from her bedside lamp sifted through the shade and draped the room and its familiar things with muted light, softly locating pictures, desk, chair, wallpaper patterns, plants, window, rug, quilt, pillow, hands, one in the other, hands anxiously alive, kneading, restless, one in the other, as if desperate for each other’s company, finding each other’s fingers a confirmation of sorts, she’s here, in her room, as yet not discovered. She shifted again and the bed responded with its welcome.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045070423
  • Publisher: Ulf Wolf
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 272,957
  • File size: 102 KB

Meet the Author

Ulf is a Swedish name that once meant Wolf. So, yes, Wolf Wolf, that’s me.

I was born Ulf Ronnquist one snowy night in late October, in one of those northern Swedish towns that are little more than a clearing in the forest.

Fast forward through twenty Swedish years, ten or so English ones, and another twenty-four in the US and you’ll find me in front of an immigrations officer conducting the final citizenship interview, at the end of which he asks me, “What name would you like on your passport?”

And here I recall what a friend had told me, that you can pick just about any name you want at this point, and I heard me say “Ulf Wolf.”

That’s how it happened. Scout’s honor.

Of course, I had been using Ulf Wolf as a pen name for some time before this interview, but I hadn’t really planned to adopt that as my official U.S. name. But I did.

I have written stories all my life. Initially in Swedish, but for the last twenty or so years in English. To date I have written six novels, four novellas and two scores of stories; along with many songs and poems.

My writing focus these days is on life’s important questions (in my view): Who are we? What are we doing here? And how do we break out of this prison?

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