Summer 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 1 FictionJune 13, 2023 |


The story made the front page of the New York Times that morning — a doctor had blown up his brownstone so it would not go to his wife in the divorce settlement. When the bomb exploded, fire spread quickly. The doctor himself had been trapped in the blaze and was admitted to our hospital in serious condition. I was already thinking about this during the chaplains’ Friday-morning meeting when Chad mentioned it. Chad — the Reverend Charles Hamlin — was my supervisor. Now he was recapping the story for those of us who had managed to miss the event that had sent news helicopters buzzing over the Upper East Side for hours the day before. I thought Chad’s gimlet eye might be focused on me, but I reminded myself that I had never confessed to him my own history of burning a house to the ground. “The doctor is under twenty-four-hour security, and we don’t want our chaplain interns caught up in the media blitz,” Chad said. “Only senior staff should visit hi

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Kabi Hartman is Senior Teaching Professor of English and Director of the Academic Advising Program at Franklin & Marshall College. Her writing has appeared in The Millions (2011), The Point (2016), Carve (2020), Porter House Review (2021), Fourth Genre (2023), and other literary journals. She lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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