It woke me at midnight. It shuddered me to sleep again. The ache creeping down my throat. Leaving me breathless. Turning and turning at night. My head throbbing. My ears ringing. I pull my blanket closer. Unneccessary tears running through my cheeks.
The pain obligating me to do something. I walk towards the bathroom, look in the mirror and observe myself. My red eyes, runny nose, swollen face. I look at my watch… I still need to get to work soon.
I turn on the bath.
No hot water.
I turn to the room, see my boyfriend sleeping, see him in total peace and absolute obliviousness to my creeping illness.
No one needs to know that I didn’t take a shower today.