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MY BEST FRIEND, HER BIG HOUSE by Jessi Gaston

I live with my best friend in a mansion. My room is a small box. Sometimes we go swimming in the mornings, other times only I do, in white underwear that’s small and classic and only gets caught up sometimes on the insides of my thighs. It’s purple outside when we finish swimming, and I use my grey towel to dry up so I can have wheat thins inside. We close all the windows and watch tv on my best friend’s tv set while we sit on hard wood benches. Then we go to sleep before the Sun comes, in a big bed, and I’m always on the outside, looking at the wall. My best friend gets close with her whole body and no sheets. She wraps her arms around me and whispers I’m her little spoon as I go to sleep. I pretend the walls are glass, and I can see the people outside with strollers pass our mansion’s grass while they go for walks, jogs, in sweats or jogging pants and with their hair tied up in pony tails. When I fall asleep I dream of my best friend’s hands wrapped around me, tight because she wants to show me that she’s there. She is always holding so tight that I am almost red from it.

We have to keep close in this big, empty house where we live alone. It’s so easy to forget everything and wander into a dark corner. I wake up almost every day to knocking above us, like there are people walking on another floor. β€œThere are 89 rooms and 5 stories in this house,” my best friend says, β€œAnd there is never any knocking.”

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