This snippet of a short story is written by one of the featured writers in the upcoming Writers’ Showcase: Spring Edition and creator of Thirty-Third Wheel, Ali Pica. Ali wrote this story based on the writing prompt, “Love Bites.” Enjoy!
His comment struck a chord with her body. His words felt to her as if he strummed her very essence, like a steel string, ground in between the metal entwined grooves with his jagged fingernails. This left her with a reverberating sound, his voice, which resonated in her throat as if she caught his voice and kept it as her own.
“Who gets the couch?” he asked.
She parroted to herself quietly, “Who gets the couch?”
“I guess I will take it since I paid most of the bills anyhow. It is my place after all,” he answered his own question.
“I…” she paused.
“You what?” he asked.
He had a chipper musical quality to his being that she hadn’t heard since they first moved in together. He sounded like a customer service agent who was also a morning person.
He held the neck of a bottle of craft beer in his left hand and talked with his right. Then, he reached out his left hand as a truce.
“Cheers,” he tilted his bottle towards hers. However, she didn’t reciprocate the cheer.
“What’s the matter? You know you wanted, we both wanted this for quite a while!” he bemoaned.
“It’s not the fact that it happened. It’s the way that it happened. You tried to cheat with my best friend!” she piped up with a flicker of fire, then snuffed out the flame.
“You mean she tried…” he said now with an angrier tone, spacing out his words as if he were chewing on a piece of bloody steak.
“You didn’t object if that was the case,” she mumbled.
“What was that? Oh, nothing I am sure, because you know this is all in your head. You were looking for an excuse to get rid of me,” he labored over his words as blood seemed to dribble from his mouth.
“It doesn’t matter,” she sighed as she grabbed her bag, and walked out the door.
She didn’t look back.
“To new beginnings,” she spoke to the air as she pretended to toast to an imaginary recipient, dumped her contents onto the grass, then threw her bottle in a nearby recycling bin.
She didn’t care about much, but felt there was no need to stop caring about the environment.
The Writers’ Showcase is an event that features readings of poetry and prose from Pennsylvania based writers. The Writers’ Showcase: Spring Edition will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Olde Brick Theatre, 126 W Market St. Scranton, PA from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Admission is $4 at the door.