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Outlook

by Michael D. Brown

Cassandra and Arthur Fulman argued all the time; the problem being Cassie’s projecting her own guilt onto Art, telling him he was always predicting negative and dire outcomes. She did not appreciate his spending entire nights cruising the Internet, stockpiling digital copies of the world’s classic literature, amassing tens of gigabytes of music files, photographs, and scanned sketches when she wanted to sit and have conversation after working all day in the hospital’s administration office. For months after he had suffered his fatal heart attack, she couldn’t turn on the computer at home without some reminder of Art, even after changing his wallpaper, and dumping his file links in an app folder and hiding it in another location. Then, to celebrate the anniversary of his passing, she cleaned house, deleting all the e-texts, erasing massive amounts of digital photos and songs, obliterating every electronic reminder of the former thorn in her side, and finally she began to feel free of his presence in her life. She called up old girlfriends she hadn’t seen in years, and went to lunch with some of them, bought some new clothes in a larger size, and even began eating chocolate again. However, Cassandra was willing to admit to herself something bad was in the wind when she opened her e-mail client at work a week later and read, in Arthur’s handwriting, a note saying, Hey, where's all my stuff - cannot find anything over here.

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Michael D. Brown writes whenever he can, laboring on his magnum opus: Any Day Now.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey! =P I really liked the story =)it's kinda sad hahah but it's awesome! =D hahaha and in only six sentences! Ö keep it like that! ;P

Anonymous said...

It is a really good story, keep doing these things you do ;) .
We could have not imagine how this story would end .. We REALLY loved it!!!
You should keep writing and continue this magnificent story!!!!

-Frida and Mario Andrés

granitatogo said...

Ha! that'll teach her!
I was shocked when she started messing with his computer, ah, but then I understood how she could get away with it . . . but he knew. Obsessive collectors of info never get respect.
Great story

Anonymous said...

Jeanette Cheezum

Well done and I didn't expect the ending,

Anonymous said...

I liked the story a lot, you write really well. Never stop writing.
Love, Rosario

Michael Solender said...

Touche!

austere said...

Scary.Tremendous last line.

Mary Cassidy said...

Oooo! Great ending on that one!

Anonymous said...

I like the history, you are a good writer.
ATTE,Abraham C.

quin browne said...

well, i had a good laugh.

Anonymous said...

This story is really awesome!!!!
U should keep writing as u do… I hope u have new stories to tell us… lol…

By Amin

Francisco_Molina said...

hi teacher, i really liked the end, it was unpredictable,
good story¡¡

atte
Francisco Molina