<With gratitude to S., who sent me an excerpt from Laura Haldeman’s Instead of Dying from jail. Also with gratitude to Laura Haldeman, for writing about eventuality and possibility. And also in memory of D., who I didn’t know, but who mattered.>

Instead of freezing, you throw a rock through the window of the 24-hour laundromat. You sit on the curb out front, snowflakes collecting on the arms of your hand-me-down flannel…