Double Vision by John Wentworth Chapin

Angela knew the sensation she caused as she approached Jeanne’s casket
carrying a white rose; it would agonize everyone at the gravesite to watch
the identical twin approach. The girls had always been together, from
moments after conception and first meiosis till 28 years later when the
elevator decapitated Jeanne as she struggled to extricate herself from the
doors, Angela at her side. Now the survivor faced the perished, those two
identical faces brought together one last time. She knew the increased
weeping from the folding chairs on the grass was as much for her, remaining
in the world alone without her constant companion, as it was for Jeanne —
always one life, one identity, one half. To conceive of them separated was
unthinkable to every wet-eyed soul at the burial.

Angela imagined tomorrow: free for the first time. Neither had ever dared
let the other out of her sight from overwhelming horror that one might
secure an advantage, might get something that the other didn’t have. She
dropped the rose on the polished cherrywood and prayed for there to be no
God, for the stories to be just that: stories. The possibility that Jeanne
had an afterlife refueled in Angela’s heart the furious hatred that had
burned there bright for 28 years.

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4 responses to “Double Vision by John Wentworth Chapin

  1. Quite the twist there. Well done.

  2. Well-played. This so reminded me of Audrey Niffenegger’s latest about twins. Peace…

  3. Caught me totally off guard. Whoever thinks of twins as adversaries? It’s a great twist! Esp the afterlife part– jeez, this surviving twin is some devil. Enjoyed this a lot

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