By Liana Hakes-Rucker
Copyright 2011 Liana Hakes-Rucker
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Hot water beats on my shoulders and pools around my feet. The drain is slow again. The bottom of the tub is slimy with soap scum from yesterday's shower, and the one before that, and the one before that. How long has it been since the drain worked? I'm rinsing my hair now. Water is up to my ankles. I don't mind. I appreciate a foot soak. The soft thud, boom, thud of a stereo pulses through the wall from my neighbor's apartment. I close my eyes. Boom, da, da, thud, bang, bang. It must be a video game. The bass beats in time to my heart, or else my heart adjusts itself to the music. The shower curtain sticks to my arm as I turn my face into the spray. The thump, thump, pulse gets a little louder. Jesus, how can that guy even hear anything over that game?