Ivan and June

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Ivan and June is the story of two lonely people sharing an office. Despite having nothing in common, they somehow form a bond, helping each other through numerous emotional obstacles, one being Ivan's inability to attract women because of his coarseness and violent past (he's a former mercenary). How this becomes a story of unrequited love is both mysterious and possibly inevitable.

Next thing you know, they’re popping pills, drinking herbal tea, and doing the occasional nasal flush down in the washroom.

They went home together, but she sobered up along the way. She wouldn’t let him inside. He told June about it the next day.

He checked the label on the pill bottle. The dispensing date showed April ninth. It was now May first. Sixty pills in less than a month. June wasn’t even taking them anymore.

She never showed Ivan what she bought. One of the bags said Sophie’s Choice. Ivan knew it was a lingerie shop.

In the bedroom, she smelt the perfume she’d sprayed on the pillows. Scents are a powerful motivator of our subconscious, the book said.

Ivan told her one time, “Go to Africa, June. Nothing makes sense until you see where it all started.”


Submitted: January 28, 2021

© Copyright 2021 Robert Bruce Cormack. All rights reserved.

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