author: Danielle Evans
year: 2010 from before you suffocate your own fool self
note: I like how this story showed how fear can develop; the example here is a fear of snakes, but it hints at the fear of abandonment and the “other” too.
a line: “A confession: because I didn’t know the difference between kinds of intimacy back then, I told each of the first four men I slept with that he was the only one I’d ever told this story. Jason was the fourth, and the only one to call me a liar: he’d already heard the story from my roommate a week before.”
theme(s): Mothers and daughters, Fear, Abandonment