By Vendela Vida
A gun is pointed at 21-year-old Ellis as she walks via a brand new York park. even though she escapes unhurt she is left psychologically reeling. Over the following couple of weeks Ellis retains every person at bay: the police, suitors who are looking to store her, and the collage therapist who tricks that her sweaters are too tight. but if Ellis accompanies her mom, a nurse, on a challenge within the Philippines, she unearths the existence - no matter if held up - can't be held again, and neither, eventually, can she.
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I get down on the rug, on my back, and spin around and around. The rug tape keeps the Oriental in place perfectly. . I have to get away. I'm going back to San Francisco for Christmas, but not for three more days, and it's six hundred dollars to change my ticket. " She can't explain. " I ask. "Yes," she says, her cheerful voice now lowered an octave with compassion. " I ask, still hopeful. And then I feel bad. There are worse things than this, much worse. " she asks. I imagine this owner-representative crying over the death of a sibling, a lover.
I read the first page. " "I like it," I say. He hands me a ketchup bottle that was given to him by an artist he admires. I hold it, examine it, and hand it back. "Heinz," I say. " "Hmm," says the red-faced guy. He's looking for something else in his desk drawers. I talk generic talk to fill the silent space between us. I tell him how I went to a restaurant downtown a few weeks before where there were Heinz bottles on the table, but the ketchup didn't taste like Heinz. I asked the waiter and he said they just pumped generic ketchup into the Heinz bottles.
Cufflinks," he says. " He lifts the plastic basin with both hands. Holding it steady, he carries it to the kitchen. I wonder if all my belongings—the skirt I sewed and spray-painted in high school, my Softball bat from sixth grade, the concert ticket stubs I saved—would have more weight, be more valued, if I'd been killed in the park. I know that if my father died tomorrow I'd keep the basin. I'd tell the story of his last night, how he sat with me while I soothed my feet. I try to appreciate my father, his stories, his love, all of it.
And Now You Can Go by Vendela Vida