Mar/Apr 2021 • Vol. XLIII No. 2 FictionMarch 1, 2021 |

Collapsible

To solve the housing crisis, the city decides to make all the buildings collapsible. Consuelo, the girl full of stories and secrets, is young when the mayor passes the law but old enough to read the signs. The worry stitched around her mother’s eyes, the twitch at the base of her father’s throat. A lack of space and an influx of people call for innovative solutions, a telecaster announces on the evening news behind an alligator smile. And let’s not forget the fires and floods, the winds, the rapidly eroding seaside cliffs. These houses will be like us, she says. Mutable, sustainable, and made of recyclable materials that come in an array of colors with a set of easy instructions. On the TV screen, a well-liked celebrity chef offers a thumbs-up while his Mediterranean Revival home falls behind him and releases a dark storm of ash. There will be no exceptions, voice-over cautions. All houses will go. Consuelo’s grandfather tells her he has been waiting for this moment. He

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Winona León is a writer and artist from Far West Texas. Her work has appeared in Joyland, Volume 1 Brooklyn, and elsewhere. She is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Wyoming.

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