Staring at the ceiling in the dark, listening to the beat of her heart, Lima started to wish for things to be different. She wanted to get a work permit. She wanted him to propose to her,so she could stay with him and give birth to caramel babies. She wanted to win the lottery and buy a house for her mother in the south of France. She wanted a perfect ending, just because. She wanted it all, but reality had a way of keeping her awake at night. The statistics would not be in favour of her getting a work permit. He wouldn’t propose to her because he had commitment issues. She could never win the lottery, bad luck was her middle name. And a happy ending? Life wasn’t done dealing with her just yet…

With a deep sigh, she turned to her side and curled in a foetal position, and listened to her neighbours above as they made love.

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