LAST OF THE DINOSAURS (excerpt)
Everyone has a story of the time I almost died, and almost no one remembers the same time. I am found on floors, hidden in closets, lurking next to beds and huddled into strange corners. I am ten feet behind and fading fast, pitifully clutching at purses and backpacks for an inhaler. I am stuck at the foot of the stairs, pressed against the seat of the car, feet pushed hard against the floorboards, panting. I slam the bedroom door shut when I want to sit out at the bonfire. I pull the sleeve of my hoodie over my nose, nails digging into my cheek. I will not allow the smoke inhalation to kill me when I could just as easily suffocate myself. I am broken inside, unable to function and incapable of saving myself. I gasp for air greedily, and it is never enough. Which instability came first, mental or physical?
Anna Kaye-Rogers’ previous work has been published in Illinois Valley Community College River Currents, The Feminine Collective, Eastern Iowa Review, Zoetic Press Non-Binary Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, Pen 2 Paper, and Zimbell House Publishing. She received the Editor’s Choice Award in Non-Fiction in Northern Illinois University Towers 2017. Upcoming work will be featured in Coffin Bell Journal and IO Literary Journal. Studies English, Creative Writing, and Professional Communications at Northern Illinois University.