by Nicole Little
I tried to stay calm.
But I could feel it moving.
My small cry of revulsion alerted him that I was awake. He approached from across the bunker and I cringed.
“How are you feeling?”
“It won’t last forever.” He sat on the bed, adjusted my restraints. “It will be worth it.”
Tears stung my eyes. “Please. It will kill me.”
He edged closer, lightly caressed my stomach.
It rippled in response.
“You should be honoured, dear Emily.” All four insectoid eyes gleamed with satisfaction. “It’s the dawn of a new world. And you will be Mother.”
Nicole Little lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. Her short stories have appeared in thirteen anthologies, with her first novella set for release in November 2020. In her spare time, Nicole has either a pen in her hand or her nose in a book. She is married with two daughters.