She was curious. Peering inside the bottle she saw only darkness. A bottle of black. A long time had passed since morning; she had been a different person then. The past several hours had been a frantic chase, a furious worry, a frustration. She had been unsuccessful in all her endeavours, her day a spiralling nightmare from which she hoped she would have wakened by now. Oblivion beckoned. She would shut down like a telescope, drop like a stone. Picking up the bottle she scanned the label. ‘Drink me’, it read. Lifting the thick rim to her lips, she tilted high the heavyweight red and poured, filling her mouth. Cascading down, sloshing against her gullet, she was flushed alongside into the abyss, shrinking black, curiouser and curiouser.
Victoria Lothian is a writer of short fiction, memoir andpoetry. She has an MA Hons Degree in English Literature and has recently completeda Master’s Degree in Writing Practice and Study, graduating with Distinction,from the University of Dundee. Victoria is currently working on her first book,blending memoir, essay and fiction. Leaning towardsfearless and poetic prose, Victoria’s writing has been described by authorKirsty Gunn as literary, brave and intelligent. Her short work has been published by Loft Books andThe Voyage Out Press. She is a regular contributor of literary reviews forDundee University Review of the Arts and also provides copy for the SaltireSociety.
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