Award-winning short story writer Karen Jennings joins an illustrious list as one of the contributors to the latest issue of ITCH. In celebration of the launch of her debut novel, Finding Soutbek, at The Book Lounge earlier this month, we invite you to read Jennings’ short story “The Wall”, published in ITCH e.10:
At first it was a novelty. He wasn’t sure how to behave. For a time he stood in the centre of the room. Then, stepping forward to the window, he looked out. Through it, a metre away, he could see the wall of the opposite building. For the next few days this was what he did when he was in the room. He could not think what else to do. In the mornings and evenings when the water boiled on the stove, steaming up the glass, he would wipe the pane carefully, noticing the way the bricks rippled and steadied before him. He did not know what he was looking for; there was nothing to see. The wall remained, unchanged. With time he learnt the pattern of the bricks; the neat rows, the lines of cement. He felt their shapes filling him. By the end of a week the bricks sat in his eyes. When the window misted he no longer needed to wipe it clean. He found a newspaper and some tape and covered the window. After that he began looking down when he was in the room.