THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 199


I took his arm
like we were a couple
from an old-time movie,
and we headed into the house.
His parents were there.
I breathed a sigh of relief
that this wasn’t going to be
one of those high school parties
where the parents go away
and everyone gets drunk.
Gary’s mom is tiny
and so young she could be
my older sister.
A nimbus of messy red hair
floated around her head.
Gary’s stepdad looks like a wasp.
His features are sharp, stabbing,
his gaze piercing as it struck me.
He even wore black and yellow.
They shook my hand.

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