by Alejandra Baccino


“So… Isa, I´ve been seeing this guy. I don´t want to jinx it, but I think it’s going great!”

We were having our usual Saturday morning coffee. We loved to do that, just the two of us. Go out for coffee, do some shopping and look pretty, you know, girly stuff.

“Tell me everything! Can´t believe you didn´t say a word! Who is he? What does he do? Is it… good?” Isa replied excitedly. I loved that even a subtle mention of sex would turn her cheeks pink.

“I´m not going to tell you that!” Of course, I was going to tell her, details and all, but I just liked making her feel a bit out-of-place. “He works in an office, he´s super smart and nice. He comes off as a bit cold sometimes, but I think it’s because he has issues with his dad. He hasn´t said anything but I can feel it. And he´s so passionate! I sometimes catch him staring at me, or through me… I don´t know, he´s so intense.”

“Wow! That sounds hot! Does he have any friends?” Isa said. She would always make the same joke, laughing like it was the funniest thing ever. Her pearly whites glistening under the midday sun in excitement, thinking about the possibility.

“I don´t know really. He doesn´t say much about his friends. He works all day, and he only has time for me, he says. I find that super innocent and pure, that he´s so in touch with his emotions that he doesn´t fear telling me that all he wants is to be with me.”

“I want to find someone like that, too.”

“You will,” I said matter-of-factly. That´s the thing about love, when you have it, you believe everything is possible!

(…to be continued…)

In the Middle – An International Transposition (Fiction)

Introduction to In the Middle – An International Transposition, edited by Angelika Friedrich, Yuri Smirnov and Henry Whittlesey

January: Forgetting – Turkey, by Seyit Ali Dastan

February: The Unreal in Real – Armenia, by Armine Asryan

March: Catching Water – Argentina, by Javier Gómez

April: Unwanted – South Africa, by Toni Wallis

May: House with a Stucco Ship – Ukraine, by Gennady Bondarenko

June: A Girl Pedaling – Cuba, by Marilin Guerrero Casas

July: The Last Day – Poland, by Pawel Awdejuk

August: Through my Hands – Venezuela, by Veronica Cordido

September: Amelia’s Euphemism – Spain, by Jonay Quintero Hernández

October: Until Love Do Us Part – Uruguay, by Alejandra Baccino

November: A Journey to the Edge – Lebanon, by Rayan Harake

December: I Used to Smoke – Russia, by Kate Korneeva

Background – Context

Peripatetic Alterity: A Philosophical Treatise on the Spectrum of Being – Romantics and Pragmatists by Angelika Friedrich, Yuri Smirnov and Henry Whittlesey (2019)

La Syncrétion of Polarization and Extremes Transposée, (eds.) Angelika Friedrich, Yuri Smirnov and Henry Whittlesey (2019)

The Codex of Uncertainty Transposed, (eds.) Angelika Friedrich, Yuri Smirnov and Henry Whittlesey (2018)

L’anthologie of Global Instability Transpuesta, (eds.) Angelika Friedrich, Yuri Smirnov and Henry Whittlesey (2017)

From Wahnsinnig to the Loony Bin: German and Russian Stories Transposed to Modern-day America, (eds.) Angelika Friedrich, Yuri Smirnov and Henry Whittlesey (2013)

More work by Alejandra Baccino

Adventure – Alejandra Baccino

Polarization within Ourselves – Alejandra Baccino

Emblems and stories on the international community

Perception by country – Transposing emblems, articles, short stories and reports from around the world


Cover photo: Punta del Este, Uruguay – At waterfront park – DFLC Prints (Shutterstock)

Source: The Codex of Uncertainty Transposed

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