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Alice Bradley lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her son, husband, dog, and cat. The dog and cat do not get along. She has been published in Salon, Creative Nonfiction, and The Onion, and co-hosts a podcast called League of Awkward Unicorns, which explores mental illness and emotional wellness.
If you’re not familiar with waterbugs, if you’ve confused them with some kind of delicate creature that skips along the surface of a lake, you are adorable. Waterbugs are enormous cockroaches. Specifically they are two to four inches long: meaty, definitive proof that there is no God.
I was alone with the doctor when I found out. I had come in for an emergency appointment because that morning I’d happened to notice the tiniest of smears on my toilet paper: a light brown smudge. Scott had asked if he should come with me, but I’d said no; it was nothing. If I hadn’t glanced down at the paper, I wouldn’t have known. I was eleven weeks along.