Check Out

by Noel Sloboda
100 words

Richard had hoped Mary wouldn't see Karli behind them in line. But Mary had sharp eyes, which darted at his former lover. Richard just looked down at the cart, pretending to inventory bran bars and mangos.

Mary radiated the same iciness that nearly drove him from their home after he'd confessed the affair. Richard kept his eyes lowered, but he couldn't ignore the chill coming from Mary.

"How are you going to pay?"

Richard had so many answers inside his head that the cashier had to repeat her question twice before he realized she was the one who'd asked it.

Noel Sloboda currently lives in
Pennsylvania with three dogs, two cats, and one wife. He is the author of the collection Shell Games (sunnyoutside, 2008).

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