THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 296

Strange Behavior

Gary didn’t notice me
until I poked him
on the shoulder.
Maddy peered at me
from the corner of her eye,
then ducked her head,
so a screen of hair
obscured her face.
“Hi,” said Gary,
but his usual smile
was absent. “How come
you didn’t sit with me before?”
“I was with Liz.”
“Oh,” Maddy interrupted.
“The pregnant one.
When’s she due?”
Her tone was mocking,
her question rhetorical.
I glanced toward the door
to see if Liz was coming back,
but she wasn’t.
Gary put his arm around me,
but it felt like a heavy weight.

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