Renuka Raghavan is an Indian-American author who writes short-form prose and poetry. She is the author of Out of the Blue (Big Table Publishing, 2017) and The Face I Desire (Nixes Mate, 2019). Her third collection of flash fiction is forthcoming by Cervena Barva Press. Renuka’s previous work has been featured in Bending Genres, Boston Literary Magazine, Star 82 Review, and The Drabble, among others. For a complete list of her previous publications, visit her at www(dot)renukaraghavan(dot)com. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @RenukaRag. Renuka recommends the Center for Reproductive Rights.
A young woman holding a baby blocks Florentina’s path. She holds out her hand and asks for money, her raspy voice barely above a whisper. Her baby is sick, she explains, and needs medicine. “Please,” she begs. “Can you spare anything?”