Break All the Way Down

[Fiction] A baby’s arrival stirs up difficult memories:

I sat with the baby in the living room, setting her on a clean blanket. When I tired of watching her, I stretched out, resting my hand on her stomach. I fell asleep with the baby staring at me, her eyes wide open.

In the morning, my boyfriend kicked my foot with his heavy work boot. ‘What the fuck is this?’

I sat up quickly, holding a finger to my lips. I stood and pulled him into the bedroom. ‘Anna Lisa brought the baby last night. She can’t take care of her anymore.’

“Break All the Way Down.” — Roxane Gay, Joyland

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