“1950: New Neighbors” appeared in Peregrine, XXIII, 2005.
When the pain subsided and she blew her nose and dried her face, Betty went into the bedroom to lie down for a while before she tried to finish the washing. As she sat on the edge of the bed and leaned over to take off her shoes, she saw the vein, perched on the inside of her leg, just below the knee. She poked it. Filled with blood, the vein rolled easily under her finger. She poked it a second time; a second time it rolled under her finger. Before the fatigue, before the nausea, there was this vein. She was pregnant again.