Elizabeth Kate Switaj

Elizabeth Kate Switaj is a PhD candidate at Queen’s University Belfast and the Assistant Managing Editor of Irish Pages. In 2011, she was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize for her unpublished novel, The Broken Glass Collector.

The Woman You Don’t Expect

By Elizabeth Kate Switaj

The woman you don’t expect to leave your door unlocked, because no one but you and the leasing agent had the key, wears tall, slender heels. If they were Crocs or shredded boots discarded by the door, you wouldn’t see how her untucked blouse fluttered with her breath or how her body (tall, slender) curled itself into native indentations on the couch.