String Theory

by Terri Mullholland

Mother tied our mittens, one on either end of a piece of string, and threaded them through the sleeves of our winter coats. When we held hands, the string always tangled, joining us together. We thought string was magical, that it would keep everything from getting lost. Now, I’m hoping that is true as I watch the tubes stringing through your body. The hospital is too warm for coats, but your hand is snow cold. If tomorrow comes, I’ll bring your mittens.


Terri Mullholland is a writer and researcher living in London, UK. She has a PhD from the University of Oxford, where she has taught English Literature and Critical Theory. Her flash fiction has appeared in Litro and Flash Fiction Magazine.