Together we watch; you from your post at the entrance, me from the recess I share with other huddled bodies. The grim mass approaches, chanting words you know by heart, and have yourself said through a hidden mouth at invitation-only night gatherings. Your nostrils flare, our eyes lock, and we both wonder: when they breach the door, which way will you turn your gun?

Colette Parris is a Caribbean-American attorney who returned to her literary roots during the pandemic. Her work can be found in Streetlight Magazine, Vestal Review, Lunch Ticket, Burningword Literary Journal, Cleaver Magazine, and elsewhere. Her fiction is currently nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best Microfiction 2022. Find her on Twitter @colettepjd.