She’s black, I’m white. She’s close to tall, I’m close to short. She has seven piercings and a pair of tattoos. I have none and promised my mother I never would. Her parents are divorced. Mine aren’t but probably will be soon. Her siblings have qualifiers – step and half. I have two brothers I never see. She gets high and eats mint chocolate chip ice cream. I go running and buy ten dollar juices. She likes rap, and so do I. She likes country, so I pretend I do too. We both like to read, but never the same things. She’s Catholic, or at least I think she is. I’m not sure what I am anymore. She has a scar on her belly, I have a bump on my nose. We’re both pretty poor—pretty and poor. And all of this means nothing anymore.
Matthew Nemeth is a New York native that currently works as an assistant to writer Tom Fontana. Prior to that, he helped generate the questions for the show Who Wants To Be a Millionaire—yes, he is a nerd. His short fiction has appeared in The Opiate Magazine and The Bitchin’ Kitsch.
Photo by: Ana Prundaru