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Here’s a short story of mine that appeared yesterday at Short Fiction Break .

Short Fiction Break

empty chair

Getting Roger inside my house had been the easy part.

The ethereal sweetness of a freshly baked lemon poppy seed coffee cake wafting through my kitchen window was all it took. Like every morning after his wife would leave for work, he’d station himself on his adobe-red deck to scratch parts of his body awake. Then he’d smoke a cigarette until the bespectacled girl arrived. Today, there will be no girl. Today, I’ll do for her what no one did for me.

Once inside, I’d offered tea, though I suspected the ink on Roger’s arms meant he was a beer man. Bottom lip between my teeth, I watched and waited as he sipped.

“What kind of tea is this?” He smacked his lips and frowned from something his tongue couldn’t place.

“Chai. It’s probably the pepper you taste.” Or the bitter bite of ground-up anxiety pills I need to contemplate…

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About Michelle McGill-Vargas

Michelle hails from Gary, Indiana where she enjoys writing historical fiction, flash fiction, and short stories. Her writings have appeared in "Lutheran Witness", "Splickety Magazine", "The Copperfield Review", and "Typehouse Literary Magazine." She served as vice-president of the Indiana Writers' Consortium. Until the day her historical fiction manuscripts get published, she pays the bills as a special education administrator with a background in deaf education. In October 2018, she will be a contributor to Concordia Publishing House's quarterly devotional series "Portals of Prayer." Visit her blog at www.michellemcgillvargas.wordpress.com
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