Contusion by Ofelia Martinez


Facing my own mortality, I take a stranger to bed so I can feel alive. I’m in a foreign country and will never see him again, so what’s the harm?

The only thing worse than cancer at twenty-four is having to keep it a secret.

Worse still is trading knuckle wraps for head scarfs and mouth guards for IV drips.

Like I sought the best coach, my search for the best cancer researchers lands me in Kansas City, far from home and alone.

But when I take the handsome and funny Rory Dennis home, I learn there is more between us than an insatiable physical attraction.

I want to see him again, but can I keep my illness a secret from yet another person?

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