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By Isha Karki | https://www.khoreomag.com/author/isha-karki/ | Isha Karki
Edited by Rowan Morrison || Narrated by - || Produced by Lian Xia Rose
Racism, misogyny, references to sati and death/burning
4850 words

From outside comes the scour of frost, the trail of a lit cigarette catching at your eyes. You drag the bathroom window shut and go back to watching your face mask harden into a white crust.

A rap on the door, and there’s your mother’s soft voice: ‘Chhori, I’m making momo for dinner tomorrow. You’ll be home, right?’

You twist open the tap and massage the mask with wet hands. The motion is soothing. But this skin, it won’t let you be. It’s tightening even now, pinching at your chin and nose.

Speak, it commands.

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Isha Karki is a writer based in London. Her short fiction has won the Dinesh Allirajah Prize, Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize and Mslexia Short Story Competition. Her work has appeared in publications such as Augur Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine and Best British Short Stories 2021. She is a 2019 graduate of Clarion West and currently a PhD student.
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