The Breakup

by Simon Stratton

A warm tub of Haagen-Dazs sat on the floor next to the sofa where she slept and a pile of used tissues huddled nearby like scared albino hampsters. I had made a mistake coming over. She was more upset about her boyfriend leaving than I had been expecting and the last thing she needed right now was her friends hitting on her. I pulled a blanket from a drawer and used it to cover her. I knew had to do the right thing. I would wait until tomorrow before sending the flowers and discrete packet of condoms.


Simon Stratton, co-author of Accidents Happen, attended Manchester University.