A Canadian Literary Journal
Agnes and True: a Canadian online literary journal dedicated to providing a place for the work of Canadian writers, both established and emerging.
by Susan Olding
Miki is pouring rice from a bag into a measuring cup when the phone rings. Its electronic warble startles her. She slips, and translucent pellets of uncooked grain spill across the countertop. Never waste, her grandmother used to say. Okome is precious. She snatches a take-out menu from the shelf above the sink and uses it as a broom, sweeping the rice into a bowl—a task made troublesome by its near-invisibility against the smooth white surface of the counter. From the bedroom, Matt’s voice rises in staccato gusts. She has to strain to hear. She can’t catch every word—and even if she could, her English might fail her—but from his tone, she guesses that for once it isn’t a fellow student on the line. With his friends in the program, Matt tends to joke or argue or complain. Now, he sounds polite, […]