You aren’t sure why the table was set for two, but you clean it anyway. You don’t know who Tom is or why his name is written on your arm. A note above the toilet asks if it’s time to take your pills. You wouldn’t know. Who would fill a kettle with water on a stove that doesn’t even work? Is it your wife’s birthday? Where has she been all day? You’ll make her dinner just in case. A proper table set for two.
About the Author
Jason Ockert is the author of Wasp Box, a novel, and two collections of short stories: Neighbors of Nothing and Rabbit Punches. Winner of the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest, the Atlantic Monthly Fiction Contest, and the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, he was also a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Million Writers Award. His work has appeared in journals and anthologies including Best American Mystery Stories, Oxford American, One Story, and McSweeney’s.