Bhavika Sicka is an emerging writer from Kolkata, West Bengal, and is currently pursuing an MFA at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She is a fiction reader for Barely South Review. Bhavika has been a finalist for the Write India contest, and her work has appeared in Arkana, Crab Fat Magazine, and Jabberwock (the literary journal of the Department of English, Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University).
John breathes in deeply, feeling his chest muscles expand. Blood rushes around his shoulder muscles. He feels good. He’s going home now and will be able to be there for a while because he was told something this morning that he never knew until then: he’s non-essential.