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She's Perfect

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Flash Fiction in 200 words or less (Flash Fiction Contest Summer 2019)

Submitted: June 20, 2019

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She's Perfect

 

It is late as Art Gallespie enters the subway car.  He sits quietly with his bag next to him. The train car is empty aside from him and a young woman.  He tries not to make eye contact, but the woman stares timidly at him for a moment then looks down at her hands.  She nurses a bandage wrapped around her finger yet can’t remember how she got the wound, but it did bleed a lot for a tiny pin-prick.

He’d been planning this for weeks.  Art glances up--she’s perfect.  Young, physically fit, no wrinkles around the mouth—non-smoker; he thinks to himself.  He nervously clutches his bag as he wipes cold sweat from his forehead.  The woman furrows her brow at his demeanor as an announcement signals the next stop.

The woman leaves the train and Art exits before the doors close.  He pulls a damp linen from his bag as he catches pace.  He grips the woman by her waist and pulls her into an alleyway.  He holds the linen over her mouth and nose as tears well in his eyes.

“I’m so sorry.”  He says.  “My daughter needs a kidney.  And, you’re a match.”


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