Now we’ll grow gills, the small child says. We feel for our earlobes and pull them into new shapes.
First, two to five (never all, never none) of the ant’s legs fly off from its thorax and abdomen.
Holding onto something that burns her is a skill of will that will stay with her for decades, maybe her whole life. But she doesn’t know that yet.
This island is not what a typical person would think when you say Island for this island is man-made in its entirety.
I already know the order from the other night. A wrap, veggie. Fries on the side. The two gin and tonics I made disappear.
I welcome God to test me. Unlike Abraham, I’d turn the blade against him just for asking, for second-guessing my faith.
The brothers generate sound, but the rest of the landscape is silent—silent and cold, sixteen degrees when they left Dan’s truck at eleven.
She ends the story, always, exactly the same way. “That was one of the great conversations of my life.”
“After the prophet went away, they came for us.”
There’s a different me out there who never met you. There’s a different you who left me at the altar and joined a cult.