Monday, April 03, 2006

Story: All About Billy

Here's the beginning of a story I wrote a while ago. I just submitted it to Glimmer Train Stories. Feel free to comment.

He opened the door and she was standing there with her hand held up in mid-knock. She looked ridiculous in her big cut-off jeans and her dirty, faded tank top. The pink flip-flops completed the look. Maybe that had always been her look. Her eyes were tired. He realized he’d never seen her before without Billy.

"Hi," he said.

"Hi."

He stood out of the way and she shuffled into the apartment. It was sparsely furnished, but it had recently begun to take on some life, as he had himself. He had some furniture now, a couple of pictures on the white plaster walls and even a lava lamp on the countertop that sometimes reminded him of times with Billy.

He looked her over carefully as she plopped down on the sofa. She smelled like cigarettes and incense and everything about her seemed used and worn. Had she always looked like this? Funny how he struggled to remember after trying so hard to forget.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Rose DesRochers said...

Ray, please feel free to link to my post and thank you for dropping by my blog.

Rose DesRochers

4/03/2006 09:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Steve Leigh said...

I seem to remember that sotry... :-)

4/04/2006 08:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Steve Leigh said...

Or was it a "story,,," :-)

4/04/2006 08:47:00 AM  
Blogger Ray said...

Thanks, Rose!

4/05/2006 06:31:00 AM  
Blogger Ray said...

Hey, Steve! Thanks to your brutal tutelage, this story shaped up pretty well, I think. A sale would be a nice confirmation of that!

4/05/2006 06:34:00 AM  

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