~ Trigger Alert ~
She popped the smooth pills out of their blister pack, the snap of each one clear and sharp, and lined them up on the worktop. Methodical, taking control.
There was a bitter taste in her mouth that no amount of water would wash away, the acrid bitterness of shame mixed with the sting of guilt and the sourness of failure. It had given her an ache in her head and a weight in her chest that no amount of painkiller could soothe away.
She kept popping. Rhythmic, taking control.
Her career had been the roles that she had craved since childhood, her job was to love and care. What had she left now? Her baby had died, her husband had left her. There was nothing. Her whole world had come crashing down around her. Twice.
She discarded the last pack and eyed up the columns of white pills, stark against the worktop. She had had enough of the questions, the stares, the judgements. She had had enough of waking with that taste in her mouth, of living with it day after day.
She picked up the first pill and placed it in her mouth. It was smooth and cool.
Maybe no amount of painkiller could soothe this pain but she wanted relief.
She picked up the next.
Most people confuse flavor with taste. These two words are not synonymous. Flavor and taste are no more interchangeable than Pennsylvania and Philadelphia. The second word in each pair is a subunit of the first. Your sense of taste is limited in scope to what your taste buds can detect. Flavor is a composite term embracing taste, smell, and mouth feel. (This last word describes the sensory responses other than gustation that take place on your lips and within your mouth. Touch, temperature, pain, kinesthetics, and the common chemical sense all help determine mouth feel.)
I’m afraid that my response took me down more of a ‘taste’ route as evidenced by the quote above. Although I don’t like to write dark stuff like (well it’s not what I would want to read, I want escapism, solace and freedom from my reading), this just asked to be written down. Thank you for reading.
Oh and the word count was 216, well under (for once!), but there wasn’t really anything more that I could add.