by Christopher Cocca

Rachel has these sweat pants with an old boyfriend's college on the thigh and she wears them in the morning sometimes before she leaves. I don't remember what she wears the nights before and sometimes I feel guilty. She says she sees there's more to me and I say I'm not so sure. I say we can't keep doing this and she repeats there's more to me and I ask her where she's looking. Rachel smiles and I see the red straps on her halter and think that might be something. She picks the letters on her thigh and nods.


Christopher Cocca is the author of Before Another Breakdown. ("Progress" is excerpted from a larger work.)