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Oh Baby

by Valerie O'Riordan

Someone introduced us at a party. I looped my hair behind my ear and talked seriously about the government and the election and the environment and my childhood and the price of free-range eggs and how my housemate constantly made chili that smells like the rotten feet of a Yeti. He didn't say a thing, but chewed at a stick of gum, his tongue slurping and his lips pressing in and out, fat and thin, like plum little worms on his face. I wasn't sure about this now, and my breath was coming out whoopy, and my hands in fists were pounding manically against each other, and they so hot I was afraid he would accidentally touch them and burn himself, so I wrapped them up tightly in my sleeves, but that dragged the neckline of my jumper down obscenely low, and my voice trailed off, pitching up and out mid-sentence - something about rabbits, I think it was. He had a good long long look down at my cleavage, nodding to himself, and then he shook his head and wandered off. I saw that he was only wearing one shoe and I unwrapped my hands and helped myself to a sausage roll.

6S

Valerie O'Riordan, a video editor in Birmingham, England, has just started writing.

7 comments:

Ani Smith said...

I like this. I felt socially anxious and would have probably done something uncouth if there had been people in the room with me when I read it.

Valerie said...

lol! thanks Ani!

Tanner said...

Love this.

Joe said...

Very nicely detailed. Great narrative. You have a way with words. Look forward to your next six.

Valerie said...

thanks tanner and joe; I've got a couple of things on the 6S Ning page already - this is such a great site!

Doug Mathewson said...

Often I have felt in the same position as the speaker in this piece.
Well captured, and well written.

Madam Z said...

What a hoot! I love your colorful descriptions! Like, "chili that smells like the rotten feet of a Yeti" and "his lips pressing in and out, fat and thin, like plum little worms on his face." And...I am SO glad I'm no longer in the singles scene.