shadow of a doubt

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
follow the narrator's stream of consciousness into a hot summer's day

Submitted: May 09, 2016

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“Hawk...”, I calmly yell from the kitchen downstairs but receive no answer.
“It’s awfully hot out”, Eve interrupts me before I yell again. I wonder if the
seagulls are back. The kettle starts whistling.
“How do you take your tea?”
She gives me that look. I meet her gaze. I wonder if the seagulls are back.
“Who serves a hot beverage on a hot day?”
I don’t understand her. I wonder what Hawk thinks about this. “Hawk…”, I yell again. I give her a cup of tea. She likes it strong. A bluejay hits the window behind me. I wonder if the seagulls are back.
She takes a sip.
“Do you think the seagulls are back?”
“I don’t know, I think we should ask Hawk.” I turn my head toward the stairs,
“Hawk…”.
“Who’s Hawk?”, she murmurs indifferently.
“He’s my friend. He lives with me here.”
“But you live alone!” she leans back her head and briefly scans me from head to toe. Her pitch black eyes perfectly match her pitch black hair.
She leaves her tea unfinished, slides back her chair, gets up, walks past me, opens the window and looks out to the horizon.
“The seagulls are back”, she stays there for some time.
The summer ends very soon out here. There are two cups of tea on the table.
“Ah, I’ve done it again”, I tell myself bitterly. “ I shouldn’t pour two cups of tea when I’m alone!”

 


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