Beryl

“What brings you back today?”

“I’m not doing well. I’m struggling.”

Beryl sets the water next to Dawneva.

“I…haven’t told you everything yet. … There’s more I need to bounce off of you.”

Dawneva rearranges her charm bracelet, glancing at the cross in the collection. “I had an affair. … I think it’s over… but there’s more.”

Tick… tick… tick…tick… tick…

What the hell am I paying for?

“That was a big step. Take a deep breath with me.” She hands Dawneva a tissue, but it’s not needed.

She thinks she’s Barbara Effing Walters.

“Tell me about that relationship.”

— Dandi Johnson

With thanks to Chuck Wendig and his weekly Flash Fiction Challenge http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/03/20/flash-fiction-challenge-100-words-only/

EDITED:

Dawneva rearranged her charm bracelet, glancing at the cross in the collection. “I…haven’t told you everything …”

Tick… tick… tick…

That clock is damned loud.

Beryl set the water next to Dawneva.

“I had an affair. It’s over… but I cant stop thinking about him.”

Tick… tick… tick…

Beryl is still silent, listening.

“I’m not doing well. I’m struggling.”

What the hell am I paying for?

Tick… tick… tick…

“That was a big step.” She handed Dawneva a tissue, but it’s not needed. “Tell me about him.”

She thinks she’s Barbara Effing Walters.

“I think he might be dead.”

Tick… tick… tick…

— Dandi Johnson

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