Leaving that morning for vacation, Liz left the keys to her house with Nicole. Her fish needed feeding.

In closets, cabinets, and drawers, Nicole’s hands moved slowly, deliberately, with impunity. She found pictures, read letters. Each day she tried on Liz’s dresses, shoes, and undergarments.

Everything fit just right.

This is a reprint of work originally published in Crack the Spine.

Brian Burmeister teaches writing and communication at Iowa State University. His written work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. He can be followed on Twitter: @bdburmeister.

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