Fiction Fix strange, surrounded by grass, as she lays on her back, staring blankly at the stars.
the guy in the basement No one knew anything about the guy in the basement. Including me. All I knew was that every morning there was some guy in the kitchen making a pot of green tea and oatmeal. He’d smile and say. "Good morning." "We have a basement?" I ask. "Yeah, it’s under the house," the crazy girl says. The Shepherd has the most information on the guy in the basement because the door to the hall that leads to the stairs that lead to the basement connects through the Shepherd’s room. "What’s he doing down there?" I ask. "He makes Zen pillows and goes around to all of the dumpsters at night to get food the stores throw out." "There’s a guy stuffing Zen pillows in the basement?" "As far as I know." I turn into Sherlock Holmes. I ask all of the roommates about the guy in the basement. No one knows. I sneak down to the back of the house. I am sure it is a grim, dark place full of dragons. No such luck. In fact it’s not even a real basement with dark, dank corners. It is actually the first floor of the house. It is ground level with windows on two sides. I peer through the windows like a peeping Tom. It’s actually kind of cheerful. I walk back inside and knock on the Shepherds door. "I want to see the basement." "Sure." He points his baseball bat at a door across the room. I open the door and descend into the basement. From where I am standing on the staircase I can see a neat little palette of blankets on the floor with a heater next to it, stacks of Zen pillows in various stages of creation and an extremely bright, tidy dungeon. Basement walks around the corner and looks up at me. My cheeks flush hot. "Hey," I say. He smiles. "Hey." "Do you live in the basement?" "Yeah."
Published on May 30, 2011
The Creative Nonfiction Issue, guest edited by author and award-winning teacher Mark Ari, includes 12 works of Creative Nonfiction and artwo...