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Come Sunday (Basic) by Isla Morley

By Isla Morley

WINNER OF THE JANET HEIDINGER KAFKA PRIZE FOR FICTION FINALIST FOR THE COMMONWEALTH PRIZEAbbe is a stressed younger mom residing at the outskirts of Honolulu together with her husband, Greg, the pastor at a small church. Their lives are abruptly riven through tragedy while their three-year-old daughter, Cleo, is struck and killed by means of motor vehicle. As Greg turns to God and neighborhood for convenience, Abbe turns inward and displays upon her personal bothered past.  Isla Morley brilliantly weaves the tale of Abbe’s grief with a gripping story of her tempestuous early life in apartheid South Africa---and how Abbe’s father, a villainous under the influence of alcohol, held her kin hostage for many years along with his rage, till they ultimately started to plot their break out from him. Come Sunday is a spellbinding drama a few lady breaking freed from her grief and of her prior, and what it takes to restore wish whilst all turns out lost. 

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Which is what does it. The argument is explosive and brief, and Greg picks up Cleo, who begins to cry, and takes her and the decapitated Barbie out to the garden. Upstairs, I slam the bedroom door, take two slugs from the NyQuil bottle, and get into bed. Pulling the covers over my head, I do the arithmetic, but every calculation ends with us further in the red. IT IS PAST NOON when I wake up, my cheek damp in the pool of drool on my pillow. My eyes are swollen and my head feels thick with fur, but I get up just as the guilt seeps through my feet like the chill of cold cement.

She persists, and I wonder whether three-year-olds have selective hearing like the husbands of naggy old women. I shiver barefoot, hold out her bathing suit so she can slip one foot in one hole, then the other, and try not to feel as though my watermelon head is about to roll off its stand. Before I can pull the straps up over her shoulders, she yanks them out of my hands. ” she insists. “Fine,” I say, and reach for my robe. One foot finds the slipper. “Goddammit, Solly,” I hiss, because instead of bunny fluff there is only the soggy mess of an indoor dog’s sacrificial kill.

Mommy, put this on,” she says, already tugging at her bathing suit straps. “No,” I say, “those are dirty. ” “But they are clean,” she argues, and thrusts them toward me. ” she insists. “Look,” I say, pointing to the front of the shirt, “those are yucky, dirty stains; and smell that. ” “I don’t smell anything. ” “No,” I say, wondering why it is that I am debating with a toddler. In the half-breath interval it takes for her to whiplash her head and convulse her body as though it had just received an enormous electrical pulse, I think, What am I doing wrong?

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