M_ stood in the kitchen where her mother had tried to kill her and told the cop what had happened. That M_ had only used the skillet to defend herself from her mother’s knife.

But the cop wasn’t listening. He’d seen it all before. He’d assumed that the mirror, razors and baggies belonged to M_.

He told her that her mother deserved better. He told her she should be ashamed. He recited the fifth commandment.

M_ rearmed herself with the pan. A moment later she stood over the cop as blood poured down his face.

She put the pan down.

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