The radio was tuned to the local NPR station so they didn’t have to talk. Tara was glad because each time she thought of something to say, it began with, “Had I known,” and Pete already explained that if he’d told her he was taking her to his sister’s for his nephew’s birthday, she wouldn’t have come and if he’d told his family he was bringing her, they would have been on their best
Dear Dr. Hanson, Nurse Cache and Lisa:
I just wanted to write this note thanking you all for working these many years to keep me upright and nominally functional. Very kind of you all, and one of my few fond memories of Penurburg, along with the many students at Penurburg State, and my dentist. You guys are the best and have my unending appreciation.
I have, after many months, engaged the services
Elise awoke thinking about lighthouses and safe harbors, or lighthouses not indicating safe harbors. It must have come from a poem. Louise Glück? She tried to recall the words and stopped when she realized she was lying in a bedroom she hadn’t seen before. She was naked. Not a safe harbor.
She wanted to get the A train home before remembering she didn’t know where she was. She parted the curtain.
Death by cop is a more common form of attempted suicide than I would have guessed before I became a crime reporter. Among the poor, the desperate, the heart-crushed, the mentally ill, and the abjectly lost it is up there with bridge jumping and, believe it or not, about a third as prevalent as guns, pills, opiate overdoses, and car exhaust fumes, mainly because these latter remedies for our