These Days

My girlfriend, Tallie, calls up and we go to this thrift store, Vintage Voola’s. She heard about it at work. She’s an operator, so she knows lots of things like this. She calls it “bennies of the job.” Now she’s telling me how to get there. Turn right here! Normally this would bother me. She mentions her new boyfriend. I think to myself, here we go again, but I act interested, asking questions. It turns out I know him. He used to go out with my cousin, Tommy. I tell Carol I think he might be gay. Or maybe I said he used to be? She gets very defensive and I wonder if I should have just kept my mouth shut? We ride awhile in silence, then she says well, who isn’t these days? I turn the radio up.


About Robert Vaughan

Originally from NY, Robert leads week long National writing retreats at sites like Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Synergia Ranch, and EarthRise IONS. His poems and fiction are published in over 500 print and online magazines, such as Necessary Fiction, BlazeVOX, Los Angeles Weekly, Literary Orphans and Smokelong Quarterly. He is Editor-in-Chief at (b)OINK magazine and leads round- tables for Redoak Writing in Milwaukee. He is six times a Pushcart Prize Nominee and his fiction and poetry have won awards, including a Micro-Fiction runner-up (2012) and twice a finalist in the Gertrude Stein Fiction Award (2013-14). His books are: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps); Addicts & Basements (Civil Coping Mechanisms); RIFT, co-authored with Kathy Fish (Unknown Press), and FUNHOUSE (Unknown Press).
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5 Responses to These Days

  1. Shari says:

    I was confused a little bit on the first read through because I assumed that the narrator was male. So, I gave it another few reads, switching from male to female and back again. Decided it is a woman speaking about her friend, Carol. And her cousin, Tommy. Either way, I enjoyed it. You might consider just adding some tiny aspects about a woman speaking to a woman if this is true for your scene. I loved the ending.

  2. Kim Suhr says:

    Fun flash! I’m surprised it’s not told in your inimitable dialogue — might be fun to give that at try…

  3. rgv7735 says:

    Thanks for your comments, Shari and Kim. Great ideas to add dialogue, and Kim I appreciate your adjective. Wow, I’d never thought about my dialogue quite that way.

  4. david says:

    a NICO song

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