Spring 1985 • Vol. VII No. 2 FictionApril 1, 1985 |

Excerpts from Swan Lake

What is that called again?" my grandmother asks, nodding at my lover's wok. "A wok," I say. "A wok," my grandmother repeats. The word sounds strange coming out of her mouth. I can't remember ever hearing her say a foreign word. She is sitting at the kitchen table smoking a Players cigarette. She saw an ad for them in Time magazine and wanted to try them, so after work I drove her down to the 7-Eleven and she bought a pack. She also bought a Hostess cherry pie. That was for me. Keith, my lover, is stir-frying mushrooms in the wok. My grandmother thinks he is my friend. I am slicing tomatoes and apples. We are staying at my grandmother's house while my parents go on a cruise around the world. It is a romance cruise, stopping at the "love capitals" of the world. My mother won it. Keith and I are making mushroom curry. Keith isn't wearing a shirt, and his chest is sweating. He always sweats when he cooks. He cooks with a passion. "I wish I could help," my grandmother say

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Peter Cameron is the author of six novels including Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You and The City of Your Final Destination and several collections of short stories. He lives in New York City and Vermont.

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