In her old apartment there was nowhere to sit—or you could sit on the floor but there was nowhere to set things—except on the floor where the cat would lick at them and no one said a word.
The old man lived downstairs. He lived on and on and on as the house tumbled apart in chinks and chunks—first this light, then that one, the door handle, the latch.
They shared a garden, nothing in neat rows.
Sherrie Flick’s debut novel Reconsidering Happiness is just out with University of Nebraska Press. I Call This Flirting, her awarding-winning chapbook of flash fiction, was published in 2004 Flume Press). Her work appears in the anthologies Flash Fiction Forward (Norton) and New Sudden Fiction (Norton) as well as You Have Time For This (Ooligan Press). A recipient of a PA Council on the Arts grant, she lives in Pittsburgh where she directs the Gist Street Reading Series.