“In the courtyard outside her building, we swapped ideas for alternate, healthier lives for Sheila. She might become a secretary in an office, we said, and learn to give delicate, professional handshakes. She might host Waffle Night at the rec center, and wear heels that allowed us to admire, at closer proximity, her supple calf muscles. We listed events we might invite her to—dog shows, fundraisers, parades—but could she put her past behind her?”

From “Neighbors” by Anthony Tognazzini, original fiction recommended by Electric Literature.

Read it for free tomorrow in Electric Literature’s weekly fiction magazine, Recommended Reading.


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