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Palo Alto Weekly

Cover Story - March 2, 2012

When the Knock Comes

First place: Adults

by Diane Holcomb

When the knock comes, do not answer the door. It may be the man in the bowler hat and round glasses from the collection agency. It may be the woman two doors down who drinks too much gin and asks too many questions and smokes Virginia Slims hunched forward while her backend does a be-bop and her fish lips puff smoke. You do not want to answer the door. It may be the landlady in her housedress and slip-on shoes worn flat, clutching her tiny rat of a dog that breathes fast and stares at you with moist bulging eyes.

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Posted by Yvonne, a resident of another community
on Jul 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm

This was a marvelous story, the repeatative use of "When the knock comes," and the culminating "You do not want to answer that door," are perfectly balanced. The back and forth pull of the woman's anxiety builds with beautifully manipulated words.