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The "D" Word

by Tara Lazar

I can’t believe Andrew asked me what divorce meant, within earshot of his own father. Byron immediately grabbed the remote and started flipping channels, whizzing past basketball games, weather reports, and home improvement shows in an attempt to appear occupied. I saw small beads of greasy sweat start to collect on his thick, bulbous head and my stomach grew queasy. We were darn careful not to discuss anything about our imminent separation in front of Andrew, but somehow our arguments in the walk-in closet were overheard, maybe escaping through the air ducts — twisted, angry, resentful words floating through the house, coating everything in dismay like a blanket of dust. Andrew was simply eating his cookie, innocently licking the sticky vanilla filling out of his Oreo, paying as little attention to his question as Byron was. Byron and that fat head of his, blocking my view of the changing channels.

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Tara Lazar writes while her children are sleeping. If you see typos or capital letters where they don't belong, it means her children wouldn't nap; instead, they decided to bang on the keyboard. You can find her not-so-anonymously here.

10 comments:

Pam said...

This is an awesome six - especially the conclusion with the big head and the changing channels. Well done!

Anonymous said...

Agreed.

mgirl said...

I LOVE the "big fat head", it says so much. Great six!

mgirl said...

sorry, I guess you didn't say "big" that was my frustration.

Mel George said...

This is brilliant. I like the walk-in closet comment.

freddie said...

Excellent six!

Joe said...

This six is wonderfully written and while the subject matter is difficult, the writer draws you into her character's world but never once allows her (or us) to wallow in self-pity, instead the words convey strength and implore the reader to cheer her on, telling her she will make it through this as she already has begun but doesn't know it yet and the character accomplishes this through the great descriptive narrative and sardonic humor written by a very talented writer. Well done.

Bob Jacobs said...

Nice debut, Tara.

Amy said...

Very well written and described!

Catherine said...

LOved this one!! ( I put a capital letter in where it did not belong for your kids!)