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Anna | Roommates

come and go, day and night, at the Police Resource Center. The Shepherd is not concerned. All of his drugs are prescribed by people who went to go to college and have initials after their names. The Shepherd’s father paid a lot of money for him to study psychology so he could pretend to have a host of disorders and get drugs. Legal drugs. One night over a bottle of 18 year Scotch that cost as much as our rent, he takes the drugs because he’s a shepherd without a flock. The alcohol picks at his brain. I can see it. Chicks are his flock as far as I can tell but they roam. That presents a problem. The old girlfriend is in the Shepherds room waiting for her appointment to terminate her pregnancy. The other roommates are annoyed by her presence. Her predicament proves life is messy. We all agree they must have been doing it to the Clash. Rock the Casbah. He tells us in a hushed whisper the old girlfriend still loves him. I say, "If she loved you then she’d have your baby. You’re delusional." He buys her Chinese food after the termination. He says it’s the least he can do. Collectively we stand in Community Sector One and roll our eyes. The roommates believe he only has one gonad left, thus diminishing future procreation abilities. Get it while you can. That’s the prevailing sentiment. The old girlfriend goes back to the place where old girlfriends go. The new one arrives. We like her. She is sweet and demure and educated in Europe. We stand in Community Sector One with her and drink coffee until she asks us what we’ve been doing. A tension seizes the group. Um, uh umm uh, we say intelligently. The Shepherd herds her off to drink overpriced Irish Whiskey and not mention the baby that he didn’t have. A few nights later he calls at 1 AM. He says he doesn’t feel so good. His arm hurts, he’s sweating, can’t catch his breath. Heart attack, I say. No, he says. No way, he repeats. "I’m only twenty-six." Heart attack, I say. He does not believe me. Finally, he agrees to let me take him to the

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Fiction Fix, Issue 9  

The Creative Nonfiction Issue, guest edited by author and award-winning teacher Mark Ari, includes 12 works of Creative Nonfiction and artwo...

Fiction Fix, Issue 9  

The Creative Nonfiction Issue, guest edited by author and award-winning teacher Mark Ari, includes 12 works of Creative Nonfiction and artwo...

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