After Great Pain a Formal Feeling Comes

After Great Pain a Formal Feeling Comes Amin Ahmad fiction n that first morning in Spain, Ali Azeem awoke to the smell of fish frying and no girlfriend lying next to him; he reached out a tentative hand and found only the cool sheet where Amy had lain. She was gone. Ali lay still, listening hard for Amy's morning noises: the running of the shower, the tic-tic-tic of her typing, the smell of burnt toast. But there was only a thick, reverberating silence, broken by the sizzle of fish frying somewhere. It was fish, Ali was sure of it: an odor from his childhood in India. He pulled on his sticky underwear and jeans from yesterday's long flight and walked through the rooms of the shabby, unfamiliar apartment--they'd rented it, sight unseen, on the Internet--looking for a note from Amy, a few looping sentences written on yellow legal paper. But Photo by LotusHead, www.pixelpusher.co.za there was no note on the tiny dining table or on the dusty television set. He saw that her sensible walking shoes were gone, as were her messenger bag and her beige cotton jacket. Amy was a great walker, would head off in Boston for hours on her own, but she http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

After Great Pain a Formal Feeling Comes

The Missouri Review, Volume 34 (2) – Jul 22, 2011

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Amin Ahmad fiction n that first morning in Spain, Ali Azeem awoke to the smell of fish frying and no girlfriend lying next to him; he reached out a tentative hand and found only the cool sheet where Amy had lain. She was gone. Ali lay still, listening hard for Amy's morning noises: the running of the shower, the tic-tic-tic of her typing, the smell of burnt toast. But there was only a thick, reverberating silence, broken by the sizzle of fish frying somewhere. It was fish, Ali was sure of it: an odor from his childhood in India. He pulled on his sticky underwear and jeans from yesterday's long flight and walked through the rooms of the shabby, unfamiliar apartment--they'd rented it, sight unseen, on the Internet--looking for a note from Amy, a few looping sentences written on yellow legal paper. But Photo by LotusHead, www.pixelpusher.co.za there was no note on the tiny dining table or on the dusty television set. He saw that her sensible walking shoes were gone, as were her messenger bag and her beige cotton jacket. Amy was a great walker, would head off in Boston for hours on her own, but she

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Published: Jul 22, 2011

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