He sees her standing in front of her father's store. She bends to
pick a bag up, her arm moves gracefully. He watches her look back at
the road, over where his car idles. He thinks she sees him, for a
moment that she will run to him, but her movement continues in a half
circle as she turns and steps toward and through the glass doorway.
Even as she's out of sight, he holds the image of her and hates her
with all the force he'd ever felt in loving her. It will stay with
him—the parting of her lips, the bending and reaching, the turning,
the slender body and how you couldn't tell yet there was a baby, his first son,
inside her. He will never speak to her again, except to promise as she asks him to
never see his son, he will never see her again.
Darlin' Neal is the author of Rattlesnakes & the Moon, a collection of stories (Press 53). Her second
collection, Elegant Punk, will be out next year. She teaches at the University of
Photo on main page courtesy
of Leo Reynolds.
Photo on main page courtesy of Leo Reynolds.