Mary Miller, "Pearl"

A recently separated woman stays with her parents and tests the waters.

(from Big World)

I let him talk and talk, didn’t let on that he could bend me over right there, that I didn’t need to hear his sob story. He had no idea how small my world had become.

I loved this story, it’s weird and sad. Kinda charming, too. The trick is the sentences. They’re quick and smart. Miller really knows when to tell you and when to let the mystery linger.
And, hah, this story has a deleted scene!?

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