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“The Rememberer”

Aimee Bender


My lover is experiencing reverse evolution. I tell no one. I don’t know how it happened, only that one day he was my lover and the next he was some kind of ape. It’s been a month, and now he’s a sea turtle.

I keep him on the counter, in a baking pan filled with saltwater.

“Ben,” I say to his small protruding head, “can you understand me?” and he stares with eyes like little droplets of tar and I drip tears into the pan, a sea of me.

He is shedding a million years a day. I am no scientist, but this is roughly what I figured out.

We read it in The Girl in the Flammable Skirt.

Originally published in Missouri Review: Issue 20.2.