Only Nine

by Penny Mukes

His face was pale and ashamed when he asked her if she remembered that day. Mel laughed - a little anxiously - and replied, "I barely even remember it." But she did, and they both knew it. How could she have forgotten; it was, after all, the day she learned what the meaning of bitch meant. It was the day she lost faith in relationships. But relief floods his face, and they leave together, their hands awkwardly tangled in a web of lies and distrust.


Penny Mukes was far too young for her first relationship, but at least wrote a really great story from it.