By the Dawn’s Early Light

“O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
 O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

Mallory points at the lyrics on the screen. “See?”

Jake stands behind her at their bedroom desk, his hands on her bare shoulders.

“It’s a question,” she says. “Does the flag still wave? Right there: question mark!”


“It goes to show you that these dumb motherfuckers in this country don’t even understand what the hell they’re singing. It’s the first verse of four. This verse merely poses the question.”

“Nobody cares, baby.” He kisses the top of her head.

“That’s exactly the problem. The greedy fucks were happy to be apathetic as long as nobody with dark skin or breasts was in charge—”

“Come lie down.”

“I can’t. I can’t relax until this fucking election is over.” She rises letting the towel drop from her waist. Reaches for her yoga pants. “I’m going for a run.”

“Not yet.” He skims his hand down her back and palms her bottom, his wrist hugging her hip the way she likes. Jake is nearly a foot taller than Mallory. From the first moment he pulled her close years ago, he has been her shelter. “Let’s play,” he murmurs at her earlobe.

“How can you think of sex after seeing those polls?”

“I’ve got a poll right here.” His eyes smile as he nudges his half-hard cock toward her thigh.

She laughs in spite of her angst.

“Honey,” he says. “It’s going to be okay.”

“I’m terrified.”

He holds her face with both hands. “Nothing’s going to change who we are.”

“Those people are dangerous.”

“You’re safe,” he says. His hands lower to her clavicle. His fingertips brush the gully of her skin and bones there.

“No one’s going to be safe if that man wins.”


She wants to hush. She wants to diminish to pooled sensation, to surrender to the nerve endings waking everywhere his fingers trace: down around her convex places, her pink places, her soft, softest hidden places. From nipples to sternum, along each rib-groove-rib, back to every ridge of her spine, and down and down and down.

“Mallory, we’re family.”

“My shelter?”

“It’s not a question.”


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13 thoughts on “By the Dawn’s Early Light

  1. I’m terrified of what might happen, and I don’t even live in the US! Actually – much more horrified about the outspoken racism and misogyny that this election has seemed to unleash than I am about the candidate himself. In any case – very nice take on the prompt! I feel like we’ve all been there in a relationship – in a conversation where one person is really passionate about the subject and the other is trying to draw their attention away from it.


  2. This is a very powerful piece. Her fear comes across as so real and his strength is glorious but there is also a little hint of something else, the suggestion is a the beginning of a dystopia novel maybe, where the only safe places will be the ones created in intimate relationships.

    I hope with all my might that turns out to be a plot for a novel and not a real world thing.



  3. I can relate to her on multiple levels. I’m pretty scared, too, and I’ll lean on my rock if the worst happens. Only one more day until we find out (assuming no recounts) – trying not to let it send me into a panic.


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