Acupuncture After The Apocalypse

This Is The Latest

“If you’re determined to go, then I’m going with you.” This is the latest from Dr. Cohen, and it sounds like an edict, really, if you want to know.

“It’s just Brazil,” I say. “It’ll be fine. Be back before you can say string bikini.”

“Nothing is ever fine. It wasn’t before, you know, and it’s certainly not now,” he says. “Fine moments, perhaps, there are those. But overall—no. I have a feeling you won’t come back if I don’t go with you.”

“I’m traveling with the Mayor. No one will let anything happen to Levi.”

“I don’t believe that. Once they know he’s a Mayor of an American city—“

“They’ll bend over backwards to make sure he is safe.”

“You are young, Jane, so young.”

“What, and foolish? Is that what you mean?”

“Just…still full of hope. Misplaced hope.”

Jill Riddell is a writer in Chicago. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute and has a weakness for nature, magic, and pennies abandoned in sidewalk cracks.