Seven days after giving birth to her second child, Rabia Khan held her son in her arms, smiling, proud to be a mother once again. It was then that she noticed a strange, sickeningly sweet smell.
“Nadeem!” she called her husband.
“What’s wrong?” he asked.
Rabia held Zia up while her husband sniffed him gently.
“He smells a bit funny,” Nadeem said. “But I don’t think we should think anything of it – they said he was healthy at the hospital.”
Rabia put Zia into a bath, generously lathering him with Elizabeth Anne’s soap and shampoo.
“There now – you can smell like a baby,” she said lovingly.
Lifting his minute body out of the bath she smelled him again.
“Ah!” she exclaimed, frustrated.
The nauseatingly sweet smell broke through the soft scent of Elizabeth Anne’s.
Read it at the Mail & Guardian.
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