“Kiss Away the Bruises” by Matthew Barrett

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The moment Marla met Cody, she wanted to kiss his bruises away. When she tells him of her own bruises, there’s a connection she’d longed for, but what he doesn’t know is that Marla’s bruises aren’t beneath her shirt – they are much deeper than that.


Kiss Away the Bruises

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About the Author
Matthew Barrett was born in Doylestown, PA and earned his MFA in Fiction from UNC-Greensboro. His fiction and essays have appeared in River Teeth, SmokeLong Quarterly, Word Riot, The Maine Review, Wigleaf, and elsewhere. In September he moved with his wife, Lindsay, and dog, Rudy, to Sacramento, CA.
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