Summer 2014 • Vol. XXXVI No. 3 FictionJuly 1, 2014 |

Knock, Knock

She's decided—even though he's married, even though there's Nathan, even though the artists pillory the unfaithful despite their own eyes patrolling the Retreat's cafeteria like guards hoping to catch someone, anyone, escaping a marriage. At night she hears them. Husband and wife—but not his wife, but not her husband—moaning all the things they've always wanted to moan, just to see if they can, just to hear what comes back. Or maybe it's the same, tired moanings and it's not any different, not really. Carrie doesn't know, she's never been married, but she's decided: she's going to fuck Jonah. There's a bit in her act about sleeping with a married guy, and while it goes over, she always wants to end it by saying it's a lie, none of it happened, there's no such thing as marriage, she's never had sex. That would be going too far the other way, but sometimes she prefers extremes rather than accept the muddled truth: she didn't sleep with that married guy even though she would

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Adam Peterson is the coeditor of The Cupboard and the author of The Flasher and My Untimely Death. His fiction can be found in Indiana Review, Normal School, Southern Review, and elsewhere.

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