by Adam Golub
The yoga studio is empty on Hallowe’en.
There is a new instructor. She wears a red unitard and a glitter mesh top hat.
“Welcome to Bikram.”
The room feels hotter than usual.
“Do you have any pain?”
I shake my head, lying.
She begins with corpse pose.
I inhale. I’m already sweltering.
Before I can exhale, she has pinned my arms to the mat.
“Release the ghosts.”
I struggle. She presses her mouth to mine and sucks the air from my lungs until I am still.
She stands up and bows as my body sinks into the burning floor.
Author bio: Adam Golub is an American Studies professor who teaches courses on literature, childhood, popular culture, and monsters at Cal State Fullerton. His creative work has appeared in The Sirens Call and is forthcoming in The Bookends Review. His nonfiction writing has been published in Film and History, Anthropology Now, American Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is co-editor of a book of essays on teaching monsters, forthcoming from McFarland in 2017. Twitter: @adamgolub
Downward is part of 101 Fiction issue 13.