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Paper Trail

by Sabrina Vourvoulias

Issue 7 :: Spring 2016 (stories)

Silvia was asleep when the plane hit the first tower, only rousing at the impact of the second plane because the low din of the television she always slept to had become a roar.

By the time the towers began to disintegrate, she was on her third cup of coffee, and the televisions were on in every room she might happen to transit through.

She couldn't get through to her brother in Brooklyn, but kept the cell phone in one hand while the other carried the coffee cup from her mouth to the table and back again. A motion repeated over and under, over and under again, lacing together moments as you might a shoe--or, more accurately, a boot, because the laces were drawn tight, high and hard.

When she finally reached Raul, he told her he was watching it rain paper.


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"Paper Trail" is roughly 4903 words.

Sabrina Vourvoulias is the author of Ink (Crossed Genres, 2012), a speculative novel that draws on her memories of Guatemala's armed internal conflict and of the Latin@ experience in the United States. It was named to Latinidad's Best Books of 2012. Her short stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, in Crossed Genres, and in a number of anthologies, including Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, forthcoming in May. Follow her on twitter @followthelede.