A door slams. She flinches. Though muffled, she recognises her father’s deep bark.
Her mother shouts back and glass shatters. Another door slams causing the house to vibrate. Then silence.
Lulu tiptoes to her bedroom, climbs onto the bed and sinks into pillows, knees tight to her chest. She picks at the woodchip paper next to her. Thick figure-of-eight-like patterns cover the walls up to the nicotine-stained ceiling. The paper flakes off easily, and one of the circular shapes is now a face. An ethereal face with a sad smile.
Andy Houstoun has had short stories published in a range of magazines and won ''Best UK fiction on the Net 2021' in the literary journal Ariel Chart Review. He is the author of the novella-in-flash 'Waiting For Lulu at Wuthering Heights'.