Detour (a crime story in 55 words, winner of the Crime55 literary contest, 2000)     by Verónica Dahl

Once in the ambulance, pressure mounts in my head.

Too much stress from my husband's vendettas for leaving him. From his perverse claim that I made up the "story" of his beatings out of mental imbalance.

They're phoning him!

We're headed for the Psychiatric Ward!

The clot explodes as I furiously protest it's an emergency...

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