by | Apr 6, 2021 | Fiction, Issue Twenty

The elderly couple on the train to Portland have stopped speaking to each other. They’re both seated, pretending to read, one a newspaper, the other a paperback. They trade sighs. Pages crinkle. No one seems to be enjoying this. But no one is leaving, either, and there’s a bright shopping bag beneath the man, with a plush, wide-eyed elephant peeking out, and at the woman’s side lays a glossy travel guide to Bavaria. The life they’ve made is a finger swelled tight around a ring, pressing those young promises in place until they’re bone.

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