July/Aug 2018 • Vol. XL No. 4 FictionJuly 1, 2018 |

Once in a Blue Room

Later, people would blame the blue, the color blue, and though they knew a simple color could not be held responsible for something like this, they insisted on describing that night and how blue it had been, and no, they didn’t mean the sky, but the night itself, which had bled its ink into their side of town, into their shacks and barns and patches of land on the night that began with the woman in question sitting on the floor of her bedroom, this woman sputtering blood like a broken tractor might sputter mud. The bedroom was off the kitchen, in the back of the house in which the woman lived with her husband’s mother and her husband’s mother’s husband, and she’d been sitting there, wringing her hands and trying to swallow the wailing murmur that kept rising up in her throat. People told perfect strangers, anyone who’d listen really, that the nurse now testifying on TV had had nothing to do with it, and that if one was going to be reasonable, then one had to admi

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Anjanette Delgado is the award-winning author of two novels, The Heartbreak Pill and The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho. Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review (print), Pleiades Mag, the Rumpus, NPR, Vogue, the New York Times’ Modern Love column, and others. She lives in Miami, Florida.

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