By the Time the Sun Rises

inspired by the play ¨'night, Mother¨ by Marsha Norman.

Serena has given up hope. She cannot have a good life. The only person she has to live for is her mother....but now she may end up giving up on her, too.
¨Goodnight, Mama. By the time the sun rises, I'll be gone.¨

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Mama just laughs. ¨Oh, Rena, don't be ridiculous. You don't even have a gun.¨

¨I found Dad's. In the attic. It still works, I shot a squirrel out of the old oak tree.¨

Mama turns, blinking at her daughter. ¨You...what? You have your father's old gun? Dear God, girl, you'l blow your head off!¨

Rena gives her mother a sad smile. ¨That's kind of the point, Mother.¨

Mama shakes her head in denial. ¨No, no, no, Rena! Why? Why would you do such a thing?¨

¨I have nothing to live for, Mama.¨

¨That's ridiculous, Serena! You're eighteen years old, for Christ's sake!¨

¨Seventeen...and a cancer survivor. But how do we know that it won't come back? And even if I do live another thirty years or so, what about my kids? What if they get it? I can't let that happen, Mama.¨

Mama shakes her head again, faster and faster, furious. ¨No, Serena, no!¨

¨Mama...you can't stop me. You don't own my life anymore, I'm an adult.¨

Mama clutches the counter, struggling to remain standing. ¨No...¨

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