Foreseeable by Peg Tittle
It is a time of war, doesn't matter where or when.
Several people in their twenties are hiding in a bombed out room: ANA
JASIC, GORAN JASIC, ALEKSANDER BARTOL, and MIRJANA PUSKAR are huddled
Mirjana holds an infant to her chest
JANKO PUSKAR stands near the entrance, peering out anxiously.
Gunshots, running steps, and occasional shouts are heard in a way that
suggests the enemy is shooting on sight everyone they find, and
The infant begins to whimper and shift in Mirjana's arms.
They all look at it, stricken, then they look at Mirjana.
She jiggles it, strokes it, and kisses it, with increasing desperation
But the whimpering escalates.
Goran, closest to her, dangles his finger in front of the infant,
trying to intrigue and distract it
Its whimpers continue to escalate.
Janko turns toward Mirjana with annoyance and anger, and hisses at
The shots and steps get closer
Everyone holds their breath
Just as the infant opens its mouth to flat-out wail, Mirjana puts her hand
over its mouth and nose
In a moment, the infant is still.[end of extract]