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Nothing in my life had assured my blood relationships.
Neither of you knew that your night together would smash everything.
The bills were too thick to conceal in my pocket, so I reached inside my briefs and hid them there.
“I’m staging an intervention,” my husband says. “I miss my wife. I can’t be married to scrambled eggs anymore. You have to see a therapist.”
We wanted to embellish her legend, but now we were only the witnesses of her want.
If she just had her family back, Nia thought. Together they could chart a way out of the breaking.
My mama is in this box. And my mama is sitting next to me.
Three days, our people had agreed: a real, old-school, ‘Rolling Stone’–style profile.
“I didn’t even realize the sun had already set,” I said, turning on a light for Herrick. He awoke with a jerk. “Time to eat.”
Anyone can play, she said. Just don’t cheat.
In previous pages of my journal, what I had remembered of the poem she’d shared with me, I jotted down.
Our Prevenir wristwatch alarms went off, the sound like a flock of robotic seagulls. One pill, every fifteen minutes, for twelve hours of each day.
It would never be said that Gloribel wasn’t the first, or the last, to swallow what wasn’t real.
Usually, Tara’s mother socializes. I stand at a distance, holding Tara in my arms.
Our desert-night camouflage pattern may bring back memories of the flak you donned in Bagdad.
The slip taped to his locker at the post office was an obscene shade of rose—a private pink that called to mind the very thing that had gotten him in trouble in the first place.
An example of the just-world phenomenon: If anyone found out, they would think I deserved it. When it’s the girl who gets hurt, they always do.
When Lilith and Gerald were married, it was because they should be.
I remember when they told us to get off the plane, though I have tried to forget it because you said it was not a story.
2-Down: ______ Stewart, queer actress you feel like you should be attracted to but aren’t.
What kind of story would you like to write?
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