The Same Thing (a “Dirty Windows” outtake)

8 Jun

 

    This was published in 2009 in the online journal Snow Monkey. It’s an outtake from “Dirty Windows.”

He couldn’t see what she was seeing, yet they were looking at the same thing. She couldn’t see how he couldn’t see what she was seeing, when they were looking at the same thing. “Are you looking at the same thing that I’m looking at?” she asked him.

“Yes,” he said.

“Do you see what I see?” she asked.

“I don’t know,” he said. “What do you see?”

“I see what you don’t see,” she said angrily.

“Then I guess I don’t see what you’re seeing,” he replied.

There — he admitted it — he couldn’t see what she was seeing. Nothing changes, she told herself. You live with a man for twenty-five years and nothing changes.

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