I’m sharing a flash fiction or short short of mine today. This has 125 words. “A Very Short Story” is part of my second short story collection, Acapulco at Sunset and Other Stories.
A VERY SHORT STORY
by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
Your world — or your mind — does not allow for an afternoon walk to the museum, nor a stop at the chapel for silent prayer, a glass of halo-halo under the ipil-ipil, laughter and stories, for old time’s sake.
It allows for a few hours at the Hilton. Face like stone you give a false name to the man at the registry, pay in cash, and ascend to the sun-streamed room, for an afternoon of sad, hot-blooded lovemaking.
Face like stone, you tell your wife whom you have long-ago stopped loving, that you had a late business meeting with some Japanese clients. (It’s the same story you had left at your office earlier that day.)
And you wonder why you go about in muted sorrow and anger.
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