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Two Below, Two Twenty-Eight

by Ron Lavalette

He does not envy the window washer, just outside the glass by his favorite street-view café table, her breath immediately vaporizing into massive sub-zero clouds blown away instantly by the wind-chill winds. It's clear, though, that she's completely absorbed by the task; that the frigid conditions (which she had, no doubt, already encountered an uncountable number of times in the past) hardly even register; almost certainly neither distract nor impede. He sits too long, watching and attempting to accurately record her persistent diligence. He's fully aware that he, too, has tasks and chores to complete; activities perhaps not as arduous as arctic window cleaning but which, once completed, should yield as much satisfaction as sparkling café glass on the last day of February in the coldest winter of the last half-century. He knows he should get up and go about his business, but he takes one last minute to write one last sentence. Driving away, he already longs to return.

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Ron Lavalette is the author of Fallen Away from Finishing Line Press. Much of his published work can be viewed at Eggs Over Tokyo.

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