The Winners

by Hannah Saal

There was never a world in which everyone could win, so he chose himself—his happiness, his peace of mind, his future, his life, his truth—and therefore sacrificed and exposed her—her happiness, her peace of mind, her future, her life, her truth—to the lie he had created and they had led together, so that as their children grew up and asked, the best answer was silence, because there was no world where everyone could win, but their children could, so they made sure they did.

Hannah Saal is a graduate of Harvard and an MFA candidate at The New School’s Creative Writing Program. Her work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Daily Drunk Magazine, and Eastern Iowa Review.