Short story: “Debbieland”

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“Debbieland,” by Aimee Bender

Appeared in Black Clockissue #1, spring 2004/summer 2004

2,694 words

I was about to say that this is a very sad story, because the narrator will never allow herself to recognize herself and Debbie and her ex-girlfriend for what they are, human beings who need kindness; she will never learn to feel remorse. But then again maybe it’s a horrifying story, because the narrator feels herself to be happiest, rightest, when she is feeding off other people’s pain without any particular regard for the consequences to them. I identify with her very much.

“Perhaps, in a way, if anyone cries on us, we then own them, a piece of them, forever.”