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The people next door are gone – gone as in left the city, not dead – though it takes a couple months for me to know it […] We are on the long stretch home of month number three when I realize I don’t hear anything next door anymore, that the reason I’m sometimes able to sleep as late as 8, 8:30, 9, isn’t that my alarm’s turned off, but theirs, the only sound through the wall that connected us, iPhone resonance exactly ten minutes before mine. I haven’t heard it for quite some time, I think, and that’s when I know they are gone.Terena Elizabeth Bell
How have your landscapes and relationships with neighbours changed over the past two years? Terena Elizabeth Bell reflects on Covid-19, loss, disconnection and reconnection, in this thoughtful and sharply observed short story.
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About Terena Elizabeth Bell
Terena Elizabeth Bell is a fiction writer. Her debut short story collection, Tell Me What You See (Whiskey Tit), is forthcoming December 2022. Her work has appeared in more than 100 publications, including The Atlantic, Playboy, MysteryTribune, and Santa Monica Review. A Sinking Fork, Kentucky native, she lives in New York. Fund future writing at buymeacoffee.com/terenabell.
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