She held him in her arms; she held him in her, as close and far as he would go. She patted him and stroked his back and breathed through her mouth against his ear, so that she heard her own breath rushing back at her. The bedroom smelled of cinnamon. "I've got you," she said. "I could kill you." I love you, she thought. What would your wife say? Raising her hand she let up the window shade; she wanted to view him. Enough light entered the room, and she could see. In the next house the living room lights were on, and so were other lights in other living rooms, in the houses across the street. A porch light shone more brightly than the others; she saw, on that family's front walk, a tricycle and a toy wagon. Lying there, she listened to radios and voices. "They're sitting around the living room," she said. "Watching TV and darning socks." "Who?" he said. "They all are. They're talking about--" She considered. "Mr. Daniels is saying that county taxes are going up this next June. Mr. Sharp is saying that he likes to watch accordion players better than dramas.
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1984
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