There is a wheel spinning inside your left temple, its rotations sluggish and unwieldy, as though it is not properly bolted to its axle. It reminds you of a washing machine nearing the end of its cycle, the keel of its load too much for the barrel to toss.

Fiction Issue 21, Volume 2: Spring 2012

Marianne O'Rourke

Marianne O'Rourke was born in Dublin in 1985. She is a graduate of the M.Phil in Creative Writing programme at Trinity College Dublin. To date, she has published some works of short fiction and been shortlisted for the Fish Short Story Contest and the RTE Francis MacManus Short Story Competition. She is currently editing her first novel.