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Carrie Esposito’s short stories have been published in The Georgia Review, Ruminate Magazine, The MacGuffin, Everyday Fiction, Mused and Little Rose Magazine. Her stories have been a finalist for the William Van Dyke Short Story Prize, the Curt Johnson Prose Awards, and have received an Honorable Mention from Glimmer Train. Carrie is working on her novels and short stories, and she is an Educational Consultant for Teaching Matters in the NYC schools. Find out more about her at


It Starts With You

Issue No. 293 ~ October, 2021

People like us, like Martin and me, didn’t skip funerals. Especially not our own, or his own, I should say. “Just let go,” the masseuse again commanded in her Russian-ish accent. I couldn’t blame her for trying. But I could almost picture my shoulder muscles …