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Rind

by Allison Renner

My fingers smelled like the orange I peeled that morning. I inhaled the scent as I sat across from you, chin propped on my fists, nodding like I understood why you were leaving. My heart was breaking even while yours wasn’t, so I breathed deeply and focused on my center, balancing on the bar stool. The one after you is a painter who uses Fast Orange pumice to remove chemicals from his skin. He comes to me after washing up and tenderly touches my body. It’s enough to make me cry, him loving me while I’m still loving you, smelling that citrus on hands like before.

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Allison Renner is a wannabe-writer who tries to be really funny in her blog.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love the use of smell. Very effective vignette.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm there smelling and feeling my way around. Really like the evocative imagery running through this.

Kx.

Joe said...

Great descriptive narrative. You could feel as if you were there, the mark of a good writer.

quin browne said...

joe has it... this tore at my heart.

Teresa Stenson said...

This is a fantastic piece. 'Him loving me while I'm still loving you' - wonderful line.

Catherine said...

Oh wow. Painfully real this one.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone!

Chrisitna I said...

Fabulous imagery. The writer's voice falters none throughout the entirety of the piece. Very well written.