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To See What Yields

Kate Jenkins

Fiction by Laura Citino

When she is on top of him, gouging and slapping and doing whatever else he asks for, she feels as if she is shoving aside piles of cool dark earth. Digging through the layers of his body. She never strikes bottom. There is always more, like trying to make a hole in water. She wakes up close to dawn and he is unreachable in his sleep. She presses her thumb into the softness under his ribs. She wants to bury herself up to her elbows, to feel for that place where you can't divide anymore.

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