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“He glanced down at the items on his neck and wrist and arms, casually flipping through them with his hands, and mentioned stories and places as if reading from a list. One bracelet came from a bunch of monks in Cambodia, he said. This necklace was hand-sewn by a beggar in Budapest. Random children in Africa made this particular object on his finger. This other thing was once a sacred plant or something in Greenland.”
“Dad, you almost died.”
“So what? I didn’t die.”
“Yeah, but it was close.”
“Who cares? It could have been the best thing that ever happened to you.”
“What, if you died? Are you kidding?”
“Oh, calm down. I’m trying to say what’s the point of almost? Something almost happening is like being lost. It’s not a place—I mean being lost doesn’t mean you’re anywhere. Lost is not a place. Almost is not an event. Don’t worry about it. Do your homework.”
excerpt from "Almost" by Ashlyn Mooney
inconnu mag - GOLD | April 2014
Art by Ilenia M.
- Margeaux Perkins