The Story Behind the Story: “Plan B”

I had a definite “Plan B” guy in my 20’s, and although it was an unspoken Plan B, there was a certainty about it that I carried around for a good decade. He and I were prone to unfinished things—from canceled vacations all the way down to the incomplete sentence level—and it’s those hanging, important, partial sentences that inspired this story. The things you’ll never know and can never guess, the outcome of all of life’s Plan B’s.

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About Michele Johnson

Michele Finn Johnson’s stories and essays have appeared in Colorado Review, Mid-American Review, DIAGRAM, The Adroit Journal, SmokeLong Quarterly, Split Lip Magazine, and elsewhere. More at michelefinnjohnson.com; @m_finn_johnson.