The Y

Bethany Ball

Bethany Ball’s short story “The Y” was featured in Issue 121, our Family-themed issue from Winter 2021. For the following week, we’re making this story accessible for all readers before it will be available exclusively for subscribers via ZYZZYVA Studio. You can also read “The Y” in print by ordering your copy of Issue 121.

Back then, Yale sat behind the front desk counter in the resident section of the Y and I sat beside him. Reggie worked maintenance and had the gray cast and steady hands of a true alcoholic. He was always on time and reliable. Robert was a resident and lived on the sixth floor. He had
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