The People Upstairs

“If you could have anything in the world, what would it be?”

McCormick imagines perfect pitch, abdominal muscles, the return of love’s first moments, a round of golf with Pops lifted from the grave.

He says, “Just you and Momma, that’s all I want and I’ve got you.”

June says, “Well I want a beach house like Whistler’s. With a pool.”

McCormick never winces at her privilege or its limits. The waiter leaves a mango smoothie by their deck chairs. She swims for it.

He thinks, if the renters in 5B lay a thicker carpet I might get some sleep.




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