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When you cook you use every pot, including ones that can’t go in the dishwasher, because I clean; when I cook, you poke my Brussels sprouts with your fork, pronounce them “mushy,” and push aside your plate.

You call my favorite show “aristoporn.”

On Saturday, you preened in the mirror before bar-hopping with your co-workers, so I knew awful Glenda would be there.

In short, there’s no grand, instigating incident.

But the cumulative effect of these irritants has worn my love into a soap so soft and thin that, the next time I shower, it will dissolve in my hand.

Kim Magowan lives in San Francisco and teaches in the Department of Literatures and Languages at Mills College. Her short story collection Undoing (2018) won the 2017 Moon City Press Fiction Award. Her novel The Light Source (2019) was published by 7.13 Books. Her fiction has been published in Atticus Review, Cleaver, The Gettysburg Review, Hobart, Smokelong Quarterly, Wigleaf, and many other journals. Her stories have been selected for Best Small Fictions and Wigleaf’s Top 50. She is the Fiction Editor of Pithead Chapel. www.kimmagowan.com

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