Cover Photo: A dark blue, white, black, and white illustration of a husband (left) and wife (right). A white tornado swarms them, and the husband is losing blue pages from his head., slowly leaving her.
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult

Four Alternate Endings to a Six-Year Marriage

There’s a comfort to our clinging, to the familiarity of togetherness, where the pain is predictable and the pleasure enough.

Regan Puckett writes tiny stories and drinks big coffees in the Ozarks. Her work has been recognized in various competitions and awards, with nominations for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and others. Recent publications can be found at Fractured Lit, Cleaver Magazine, and the 2021 Best Microfiction anthology. Find more at