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>ORIGIN Italian. From Latin malefacere - 'do wrong'.
Rome had been a long time ago.
Those days she had been happier. Sometimes she would smile, perhaps even laugh. Those days she could pretend the Centre didn’t exist. Different place, different prison - but now she realised she’d preferred those bars. They’d protected her.
She’d pretended to ignore the beggar in the street that had pointed at her - the embodiment of innocence in her chaste uniform - and uttered a word she would secretly recollect every night for the rest of her life.
Maledetto, the woman had hissed.
Friends laughed; she joined in.
But she’d been crying inside.