Private Lie

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About a woman living with a lie...

Submitted: March 22, 2018

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“The Private Lie”

 

She couldn’t see

all she was

doing

was building a

wall

around her lie

protecting it

against the truth

which would

rip

her neatly

packaged

life

in to pieces,

she noticed the

slight tilt of

his cell phone

screen

sometimes

its the

chance lean

of his body

that’s blocking

her view

as he reads

his incoming text

she conveniently

points her attention

in the opposite

direction

not having to

address

any of her

suspicions

or fears

if she never

really sees them

he slides his

phone

back into his

pocket

her eyes now

finding it safe

to concentrate

their gaze

back on him,

ten years

and two kids

has given her

plenty of time

to perfect

her invisible

walls

and glances

towards

nowhere,

she quickens

her steps

to catch up to

him

cover the

ground

she lost

staring at a

building

she had no

interest in

she picks up

the conversation

in the middle

of her last

thought

right before she

abandoned it

due to the

tilt

of his screen

he drops

back in

with a few

sentences

of his own

both of them

walking and

talking

till she hears

the low hum

from that all

to familiar

vibration

of his phone

she drops back

a step

watching his

face

as its hit

from the light

of the liquid

crystal display

his eyes dart

to the left

checking on her

proximity

before he reads

the message

an all too

common

reaction

when he sees

the senders

name

but she has

already

cut down her

pace

spending her time

comforting

an old stray

dog

a couple more

strokes

down his back

till her husband

puts his phone

away

she looks into

the dogs eyes

he looks back

into hers

seeing all the

truth

she’s hiding from

and not understanding

why

before trotting

away,

her husband

calls back to

her

his phone

put away

as he holds

out his hand

to her

they need to

hurry their

walk

he needs to

head back in

to the office

tonight

can’t make the

movies

like they had

planned

she gives him

a smile of

understanding

slips her arm

around his waist

leaning her body

into his

as he gives

her

a little kiss

on the top

of her head

maybe next week

he says

as she pulls

him

tightly

next to her

telling him

how much

she loves him

while pretending

not to notice

the vibration

of his phone

pressing up

against

her body…

 

Tom Allen…03-18-2018…


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