Josephine Scott

She imagines the house at the end of the beach
full of people laughing.
In fact, it is empty
its polished floors covered with a dusting of sand
cornflour fine.

She imagines him there glass in hand, head thrown back
revealing that gold filling just behind his eye tooth.
In fact, he is sitting
head in hands showing silver woven into black
just behind a door.

She imagines the girl standing next to him
leaning into his body
her eyes reflecting the colour of the sea on a bright day.
In fact, she is lying
on crisp white sheets
a diamond ring sliding loosely on her limp fingers,
sharp as retribution.

Josephine Scott

Josephine Scott was born in Whitley Bay and spent some of her childhood in Australia.

She has an MA in Creative Writing from Northumbria University, and had her first collection Sparkle and Dance published in May 2009 by Red Squirrel Press.

Her work has appeared in Moodswing and Northern Lines.

The inspiration for Fury came from always living by the sea.

She likes nothing better than walking her dogs on the beach on a blustery day.

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