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Cornered

by Thom Gabrukiewicz

There is lonely and there is alone; one is a choice, the other a condition. She flows through life like a seasonal stream. And hides behind voluminous, neutral-colored clothing and mousy hair that hangs like drapes. She speaks when spoken to, eats in corners from crumpled brown bags, reads dog-eared paperbacks in uncomfortable sitting positions. He says a quiet hello at 12:20 p.m., Monday through Friday. Today, the note he slides across the breakroom's slate-gray Formica tabletop scares her immensely.

6S

Thom Gabrukiewicz, author of Two for the Road, likes the trade life of a working journalist very much, but sometimes sits on his couch late at night and has one-sided discussions about his body of fiction with talk show hosts like Letterman, Leno and O'Brien. His Writer's Sketchbook can be found here.

10 comments:

GM said...

This reminds me of Amelie, for some reason. The simple, homely woman who has an epiphany when she meets a man. Definitely love the open ending as well. Nicely done.

Baby Island said...

Well what does the note say??? This is the kind of ending I hate to love. But I do, I do!
:)

austere said...

and then?

Mousy; etc, I know well.

Leatherdykeuk said...

...and her world shatters.

great 6.

Catherine said...

I am left wanting more! Cat

Quin Browne said...

wait... are you the other guest on my leno couch?

for me, the first sentence says it all.

Madam Z said...

This sounds like me in junior high! Have you been reading my old diary, Thom? I forget what happened next, though. Please refresh my memory.

Uncle E said...

Thom, congrats! Excellent, excellent excellent.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful tone, Thom. Tell her I said go for it. ~Jennifer W.

Anonymous said...

Excellent.