The Numbers in White

numbersinwhiteShe’s turning into silence, so she sings in the car, in the shower, in bed. Even hums as she eats—not an easy thing to do.

Her mother calls each Tuesday; she answers in a singsong. They talk about the weather. Her mother wishes it would rain.

She talks to Adam, too. Adam is a beta fish she keeps in a coffeepot. She asks about the universe, which is so big it makes her dizzy. Adam looks perplexed. He can see the numbers in white on the glass. His world is 12 cups deep. Sometimes he swims to the edge.

Gordon Taylor graduated with a B.A. in Creative Writing from Western Washington University. His work has appeared in Suffix, the university’s online fiction publication.

Photo Credit: Guillaume

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