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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 7, Number 4, December 2013


Jaclyn Jones
Chatham, Illinois, USA

The Secret Passageway

“Shh!” I tell my young son as we pull up to the camel colored, two-story brick condo. “This is a secret.” “Like a secret passageway?” he asks, his eyes wide with excitement. “Yes!” I exclaim, at the same time relieved by and envious of his innocent, adventurous spirit. I nervously look around the short cul de sac one more time; my hands shake as I fumble with the key to unlock the front door.

I breathe in the scent of new frieze carpet and fresh paint. The condo is small, but I find its smallness comforting and inviting. I follow my son’s lead as he bounds up the straight flight of steep steps. His first stop is the bathroom. He howls with laughter, contorting his face and body as he tinkers with the mirrored medicine cabinet doors to create an endless succession of reflections. In the master bedroom I close my eyes . . . I see myself peacefully snuggled in bed, reading and jotting notes into my journal. No late night rants or piercing words will disrupt this silence.

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