“Louise settled quickly into her new house. It was bigger than the other one and more ordinary. Broom didn’t know which room to disappear into. He had tried them all. He couldn’t decide. He would take up in the most unlikely places. Sometimes, she would come across him on the fifth step of a narrow back staircase. What an odd place to be! And he would look uncomfortably at her at these times, the way he always did. Still, she was sure Elliot would not have wanted her to surrender the animal so easily. Of course, she would never know Elliot’s thoughts. She herself could only think—and she was sure she was like many others in this regard, it was her connection with others really—that life would have been far different under other circumstances, and yet here it wasn’t, after all.”
—Joy Williams, from “Substance”
Photography Credit Dayanita Singh.