The Tattoo’s Broken Promise

“What he really means to say-how can he explain it? The rest of your life, Tanya, is a hell of a lot longer than you think it will be. And you’ll grow tired of everything. Your own face in the mirror. The sound of your own voice. And that’s when you’ll start regretting that tattoo. Not because you see it every day. But because you don’t even notice it anymore. Because you thought it would last forever, and remind you of something forever. And it doesn’t.”

-from the story “Phantom Pain” in Lydia Peelle’s Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing


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