By Abigail Greenbaum

Abigail Greenbaum lives in Atlanta and teaches English at Georgia Highlands College. She has an M.F.A. from the University of Mississippi. Her essays and stories have appeared in Ecotone, The Hairpin, Free State Review, Louisville Review, Creative Loafing, and other places.

  1. The third-floor off-campus apartment where I'd failed to live had no buzzer, making it hard for my friend Laura to let her visitors in. That’s what I was, our junior year in college: a visitor. Not the roommate she’d asked me to be, not the one she called out to in the middle of the night when thick, sticky mucus caused by her cystic fibrosis--a genetic disorder she’d lived with her entire life--clogged her lungs…

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