The Screaming Beet

Emily’s mom left a month after Rose’s birth, two weeks after Rose started crying, not with the half-formed gaspy cries of an infant but with a determination reserved for two and three year olds. Emily woke several…

Thank you to the editors of Halfway Down the Stairs for first publishing this story.

By Elizabeth


  1. Powerful story, Elizabeth. I’m thinking you must’ve been there, with a screaming baby. Your story helps me imagine that horror (I don’t know it first hand, thank goodness). I felt so bad for little Rose. Love the way you used this event to show us the pain and ineffectiveness of this family and how Emily discovered (truly) the power of her voice. Well done!


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