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The Short Form

“The Temp”

Amelia Kahaney



The temp did our charts! She brought in a computer program that calculated everything based on our birthdays. In minutes, we were each given printouts that Karen said were road maps to our destinies. She told us about our Venus in the fourth house, our Saturn return. And it turned out that four of us — two thirds of us — had Cancer moons! The odds of that, the temp said, were extremely low. It was obviously why we had an emotional, watery office instead of a decisive, fiery office where things get done. Only a watery office like ours could have made such a mess of the database.

We read it in Crazyhorse, No. 73.