Tara Cottrell lives in northern California. Her stories have appeared previously in Zyzzyva and Zoetrope: All-Story Extra. 
Jun 01 2004
In the spring, I moved from an apartment near the university into a rented house on the scrubby southeast edge of Tuscon. In deciding on the house, I’d focused on small things I liked: white hexagonal tile set in black grout in the bathroom, a bedroom closet I could lie down in.