Collecting bottles, tossing leftovers, taking out the garbage
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Andrew Alexander is a graduate of Vassar College and the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. His short fiction has appeared in Mississippi Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Red Cedar Review, Crescent Review, and New Stories from the South. He is a recipient of the Henfield Prize and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is working on his first novel.
“Rat check,” my father would say when he came home from work. And we would run to the various traps to see if we’d caught the rat. We slept lightly, each hoping and fearing that we would hear the slam of the trap in the night and be the one to go running with the news that the rat at last was dead. But we found nothing, heard nothing.