Tara Isabel Zambrano

Tara Isabel Zambrano is from India and currently lives in Texas. She works as a semiconductor chip designer in a startup and holds an instrument rating for single engine aircraft. Her work has been published in Tin House Online, The Cincinnati Review, Slice, Bat City Review, Yemassee and others. She reads prose for The Common.

BUBBLEGUM by Tara Isabel Zambrano

The girl has created a bubble with 1/3 cup of glycerin, 1/3 cup water and 1/3 cup dishwashing soap after her third psychiatrist visit. Years ago she was a perfect baby― a head full of black curls, big eyes and a wide smile. After she turned five, something went wonky with her neurotransmitters. The doctor wrote a new prescription, and the girl didn’t want to pop any pills. The bubble’s supposed to last at least for a month because of all that glycerin. The girl lives inside the bubble. It wobbles when the girl floats like a butterfly, like cotton…

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