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The daughter is too cold for a shower, so takes the heater into the bathroom. The son plays along the handrail, builds a barricade of blankets by the bathroom. Mother washes the dishes; father walks the dog. Seeing his sister naked through the mirror, the son laughs, they fight. The shower. The heater. The blankets. Fire. Water.
About the Author
Avital Gad-Cykman’s flash collection Life In, Life Out was published by Matter Press. Her stories have been published in The Literary Review, Ambit, CALYX Journal, Glimmer Train, McSweeney’s, Prism International, Michigan Quarterly Review and elsewhere. They have also anthologized in W.W. Norton’s Flash International , Sex for America, Politically Inspired Fiction, Stumbling and Raging, Politically Inspired Fiction, The Flash, and The Best of Gigantic. Her work won Margaret Atwood Society Magazine Prize, was placed first in The Hawthorne Citation Short Story Contest, and was a finalist for Iowa Fiction Award for story collections. She lives in Brazil.