Gymnast, 12

People, I’m going to be an Olympian! Things I like: pineapple smoothies, fried fish, Simone, Sunisa, and McKayla.

Magenta. Diet Mountain Dew. Which my mom won’t let me drink because, caffeine. Reggie gives it to us at the gym.

My stuffed elephant collection. Orange. Benjamin, my brother. Gold medals, Tsukaharas— I learned them last year.

Funny TikToks. The bars, vault, not beam. I don’t like it when Reggie touches me there. Chalky hands, Chick-fil-A with fries. H&M and Aeropostale jeans.

The days that Reggie’s not at practice. Strength training, Tumbi Traks, Paris ’24. I’m going to be an Olympian, people.

CB Anderson’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Indiana Review, 580 Split, Flash Fiction Forward, Crazyhorse, The Masters Review, The Ocotillo Review, and elsewhere. Her collection River Talk was one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014.