"Faithful Still" at Women, Lovers, Friends, and Mothers
"Eve" 2009 Kristin Fouquet
The Grand Dame of classy dames, Absolutely Kate, has featured my story, "Faithful Still," with a video reading at her new femme salon Women, Lovers, Friends, & Mothers. Enjoy and Happy Valentine's Day!
This is my favorite hangover story. A raise of the glass to the inimitable Dorothy Parker.
You Were Perfectly Fine
The pale young man eased himself carefully into the low chair, and rolled his head to the side, so that the cool chintz comforted his cheek and temple.“Oh, dear,” he said.”Oh, dear, oh, dear, oh, dear. Oh.”The clear-eyed girl, sitting light and erect on the couch, smiled brightly at him.“Not feeling so well today?” she said.“Oh, I’m great,” he said.”Corking, I am. Know what time I got up? Four o’clock this afternoon, sharp. I kept trying to make it, and every time I took my head off the pillow, it would roll under the bed. This isn’t my head I’ve got on now. I think this is something that used to belong to Walt Whitman. Oh, dear, oh, dear, oh, dear.”“Do you think maybe a drink would make you feel better?” she said.“The hair of the mastiff that bit me?” he said.”Oh, no, thank you. Please never speak of anything like…
Christmas Muzak was piped through to every store in the shopping mall. Giant red velvet bows adorned reproduction Victorian gaslights. Yards of glittered cotton pretended to be snow. A Santa rang a brass bell. “If you ask me, it ain’t natural,” Ted muttered. Sunny was more optimistic. In her blissful eighteen years, she had not yet had an encounter with Father Cynicism. “It’s like a miracle.” Before he could counter her statement, she flicked on the vacuum cleaner and got to work on the big carpeted cubes. Ted yelled, “Passive aggressive,” but nobody heard. He adjusted his belt, then fogged the camera lens with his breath and wiped it. When Sunny had finished with the prop cubes, she turned off the vacuum cleaner. “Freakin’ fertility drugs,” he called out too soon, proving he had been saving it until the din subsided. “She sounded so happy on the phone that we could take their picture.” Sunny pulled down the snowy pastoral scene backdrop. “She said sh…