Winter 2009 • Vol. XXXI No. 1 2008 Kenyon Review Short Fiction ContestJanuary 1, 2009 |

I Met Loss the Other Day

I met Loss the other day. I took his measurements. My yellow tape looped around my arm, pins held tight between my pursed lips, I circled him. I measured his thin wrists, his frail neck, his elegantly sloped shoulders. Inseam, sleeve length, the stretch of his forearm, I marked them down in pencil. He was small. He stood very still as I worked. His entourage, six thick-necked men, boisterous despite their size, pale handkerchiefs peeking from their dark suits' breast pockets, poked in the nooks and crannies of my shop. They hula-hooped with my skirt wires, nudged one another with my dead mother's ornate wood-handled umbrella, tossed fabric bolts back and forth. Loss looked straight ahead, glancing over only when a crash erupted or someone called to him affectionately. No one used his name. To them, he was Oss, Lossie, Bonedaddy. Loss wanted a single-breasted suit, standard issue, merino wool and cashmere with a peaked lapel, but also a prayer robe and a felt cloak. He wa

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Cara Blue Adams is the recipient of the Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize and the Missouri Review Peden Prize and was named one of Narrative’s “15 Below 30.” She has been awarded scholarships and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the VCCA. An assistant professor of creative writing at Seton Hall University, she lives in Brooklyn.

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