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Originally published: March 19, 2019
Author: Candice Carty-Williams
Nominations: Goodreads Choice Awards Best Fiction, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Debut Novel
Genres: Novel, Psychological Fiction, Urban fiction, Biographical Fiction
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In the stirrups now.
Wish you were here . . .
I LOCKED MY phone and carried on looking at the ceiling before unlocking it and sending a follow-up “xx.” That would prove to Tom that I wasn’t as emotionally detached as he accuses me of being.
“Can you just bring your bottom riiiiight to the edge of the exam table?” the doctor asked as I inched myself down closer to her face. Honestly, I’ve no idea how they do it.
“Deep breath, please!” she said a bit too cheerfully, and with no further warning inserted what felt like the world’s least ergonomic dildo into me and moved it around like a joystick. She placed a cold hand on my stomach, pressing down every few seconds and pursing her lips every time I squealed. To divert my attention from this manipulation of my insides, I checked my phone. No reply.
“So, what do you do . . . Queenie?” the doctor asked, glancing at my chart. Wasn’t it enough that she could literally see inside of me? Did she need to know about my day job?
“I work at a newspaper,” I said, lifting my head up to make eye contact when I responded, as it seemed like the polite thing to do.
“That’s a fancy career!” She pressed on, plunging her way back in. “What do you do at the newspaper?”
“I work at the Daily Read. The—ouch—culture section. Listings and reviews and—”
“In the technology department? That makes sense,” she said.
I hoisted myself up on my elbows to correct her, but stopped when I saw how concerned she looked. I glanced at the nurse behind her, who looked just as concerned, and then back at the doctor. She still looked concerned. I couldn’t see my own face but guessed that my expression mirrored both of theirs.
“Hold on a tick, we’re just going to—Ash, could you just get Dr. Smith in here?” The nurse bustled out.
Many uncomfortable minutes passed before the nurse came back in with another doctor, a man who looked as standard as his surname would suggest.
“Let’s get a closer look . . .” Dr. Smith said, bending down and peering between my legs.
“What’s wrong? Can you not find it?” I asked, worried that the IUD had maybe been absorbed into my womb, the way I still worried that every tampon I’d ever inserted was still knocking about inside me.
“What do you think, Ray?” the first doctor asked her colleague.
“We might need to get Dr. Ellison in here, you know,” Dr. Smith replied, straightening up and putting his hands on his hips.
“I saw a cleaner mopping up some sick in the hallway, why don’t you get him in here to have a look too?” I asked all three hospital staff as they stared quizzically at the ultrasound.