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“Iris, what’s the matter?” My mom and Ingrid come rushing in and both have the same reaction. “Who are you? Who is that?” Ingrid holds her hands over her mouth. “What are you talking about? It’s me.” Iris looks at me like she’s straining to see a magic eye poster. “Rob?” “Who else would it be?” “Oh my God, honey, you look so… different.” My mom is the only one brave enough to approach me. “What do you mean?” I get up and hurry past them to the bathroom I threw up in earlier. In the mirror I see a stranger. It’s not me or Cash. If anything, it’s a mix of the two of us. My eyes, nose, mouth; his brow line, hair, ears. I’m thinner, but not built like Cash. I can’t help but run my fingers all over my face. Poking and prodding. Holy Shit this is weird. But at the same time, I know exactly who I’m staring at. In the reflection I see my mother and two wives (I don’t think I’ll ever get used to saying that) gawking at me. Ingrid and I lock eyes, and that’s when it happens. A sudden rush of memories comes flooding back into my head. As if I’d been staring at the same painting my whole life close up. But when I step back a few paces I can see there is so much more. Where I once saw brush strokes, I now see landscapes. Where I once saw separate colors, now I see a face. I can remember everything from Cash’s life. I don’t know how, but I can. I know about how he spied on the neighbor girl while she was changing all throughout high school. She eventually caught him and then started doing it on purpose. That’s when he lost his virginity.

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The Paragon Journal - Issue Ten  

The Paragon Journal is an online literary journal that specializes in helping younger authors find their way in the literary world.

The Paragon Journal - Issue Ten  

The Paragon Journal is an online literary journal that specializes in helping younger authors find their way in the literary world.

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