Everything I loved was in the water. The sky overturned, his life in my hands, me towing him through another element, a ripple. The world an open mouth.
People said we looked alike, and maybe we did. But I was the swimmer, and stronger. He knew it. I understood the undertow.
After that summer, it was never the same.
Some people don’t want to be saved.
Dawn Raffel’s most recent book is The Secret Life of Objects. Her next, The Strange Case of Dr. Couney, will be published by Dutton in 2018.
Author photo by Claire Holt