I went out to visit the whirlpool in my backyard. It calms me down to gaze into the rotating water. I spit in the whirlpool and watched it spin and get sucked down. I sighed.

The whirlpool said, “Why don’t you come in and join me?”

I said, “No, thanks.”

The whirlpool said, “Ah, come on.”

I said, “I’m not gonna do it.”

The whirlpool said, “A part of you must want to know where my suction leads to.”

I thought about it. I took off my shoes and got in. I spun fast in the current. I got pulled underwater.

I found myself sitting on a couch in a waiting room. There were two other people there. One was reading from a McCall’s magazine. The other person was texting.

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