Molia Dumbleton

Molia Dumbleton’s fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming from the Sun, the Kenyon Review, Catapult, New England Review, Best Small Fictions, and elsewhere. She’s an assistant fiction editor for Split Lip Magazine and a member of the curatorial board at Ragdale, and she teaches creative writing at DePaul University and elsewhere. You can find her at moliadumbleton.com.

Before All This

When Teresa laid wide awake in her sleeping bag on the floor next to Andreia’s bed, breathing her ice-cream breath and asking her to tell another story, sometimes Andreia wanted to sit up, flip on the lights, shake the kid hard, and tell her: Don’t you know? People pretending everything is fine is the first-best sign that things are about to go bad.