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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Michelle Ortega

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As if

In one spot, the floor dips like a dimple in the asphalt that gathers rain. The house had sunk in many ways, many places over its one hundred years.

My voice resonates in that one spot as if in a cathedral, as if I have perfect pitch, as if he never wrapped his hand around my throat (right there in my dining room). As if his thumbprint in my skin isn't real, doesn't make me cough at the memory all these years later.