Honey Pie

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
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Submitted: May 04, 2017

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Submitted: May 04, 2017



She pressed her body against his. I love you, she says. I love you too, he says. It’s hard for her to leave like this but leaving is the only thing that gets her up in the morning anymore. Hard words for him to hear, if he ever heard it.

Promise me you’ll skype me, he says. Promise, she says. He was the love of her life, for a while. Then something changed. As the date approached for her to leave, things became less solid, more fluid, like her mind was already anticipating the change, even though she was adamant about keeping the relationship together. Keeping them together. He hadn’t noticed. He doesn’t notice stuff like that. She didn’t know what to say to him now. She’d thought of some things but they all seemed just not the right words to say for an occasion like this. 

I bet the food there just wont be like the food here, nothing compares to Chef’s Grill, he says. She thinks of the old diner sitting in the middle of main street in our small town. It’s the only restaurant in town. She doesn’t say anything because she doesn’t think she can tell him that she thinks Chef doesn’t wash his hands before making the food, and that it’s always too greasy, or that she’s had enough burgers to never want another. She looks at him now. A little scrawny, but a big smile on his face. She’d always liked the way he smiled with his one dimple.

No, she says after a while, no it wont be. She brushes his dimple with the back of her hand, caressing his face. I’ll skype you when I get there, she says. She hugs him one last time and turns toward the airport entrance to leave.

Wait, he says. She turns around to find him on one knee. Beth, I know you’re leaving now, and I may never get another chance to do this, and I love you so much, Beth. Will you marry me?

Her family that’s gathered there with the two of them have big smiles on their faces. They’re waiting for an answer.

No, she says. She turns to leave without seeing her family’s reaction, let alone his.

The airport PA system turns on. It blares out the announcement. Flight 495 to Los Angeles now boarding. She was going to be a star!

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