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by Toni de Bonneval

The computer screen went black. I clenched my fist, hit “control,” “ option,” “command," peered into the jellied dark for ectoplasmic echoes: notes, journals, photos, mail. My knees unstrung, my breath stuttered.

At the computer store, they said “I’m afraid it’s a goner.”

I didn’t fall asleep until the stars were almost gone and the sky turned grey. When I woke up, I was weightless.

In  the ’90’s Toni published a few dozen stories in literary journals such as Ascent, West Branch, Carolina Quarterly. In the uh ohs, she quit writing. Now, she's starting again.