Photo by Tatiana Syrikova

On their third date, Pandora began to open up.
In her childhood, she said, there had been… things. Harrowing specters (and here she wept) that emerged from the basement: malevolent figures—all the Sorrows of the World—which burnt her again, in memory, whenever she touched them. 
Her eyes, like scars.
“Well,” said Schrödinger—two uncomfortable coughs. “I had a cat.”

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Rachel Rodman
Rachel Rodman is the author of the food-themed collection Exotic Meats and Inedible Objects (Madness Heart Press). Her work has appeared in Analog, FiresideDaily Science Fiction, and many other markets.