Story by Gregory M. Fox
from A Breath of Fiction’s archives
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Mack was sitting quietly on the couch, sipping a glass of ice water in which the ice had already become tiny boats skimming the surface. The couch leather stuck to his legs as he shifted.
He heard footsteps in the next room halt. Then a shriek.
“What did you do?” Denise burst in shouting.
“That mess in the kitchen is not nothing, Mackenzie Quigley.”
He sighed and rolled his eyes. It was too hot to worry about something like this. “It didn’t get on the carpet,” he said.
Denise was getting irritated. She was a kettle on the stove getting ready to scream. “That’s not the point. It needs to be cleaned up.”
“I’ll do it later.”
“But how long’s it been there?”
“I don’t know … a couple hours maybe”
“And you just decided to leave it there? Dripping and everything?”
He shrugged. “I’ll clean it later. I didn’t expect it to bother you this much.”
The kettle boiled. “HOW COULD THIS NOT BOTHER ME?”
“Don’t worry. I checked his pockets—found a fifty. I figured dinner and a movie are on me. Well, on him, I suppose.”
“Oh,” she said, suddenly becoming very calm. “Where are we going?”
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originally published December 23, 2010