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“You ar—oh Jesus.” Her eyes go wide as I clearly come into focus. “Oh Jesus, what? Who are you? Where is my wife? Why the fuck am I naked?” She looks up at the ceiling, trying to remember something. “Oh God…Rob?” “Okay, that’s better. Now why do you know my name?” I look down at her nude form illuminated by the table lamp. Looking down at her breasts, she realizes she’s naked. She covers up immediately, like she’s just been walked in on in the middle of changing. She goes pale and shy. “I, ah, um. I’m Ingrid. Your, I mean, Cash’s…” I know it before she says it. “Wife?” “Kinda, yeah.” “Who is Cash?” What kind of a stupid name is Cash anyway? It reminds me of the kind of name a pimp gives his illegitimate son. “Maybe you should just go. You shouldn’t be here.” Her tummy pushes out the sheet wrapped around it so I can make out her protruding belly button. “Fine by me. Where are my clothes?” I search the room and see only dark. “Over there, on the chair.” She points into the shadows, but I know exactly where to go. I put on my clothes as quick as I can and head for the door. I’m not even done buttoning my shirt before I’m at the top of the stairs. I stop and turn back to her. “Who is Cash?” The words that come out of her mouth are fuzzy and faded, but they hit me like a Mack truck. She says, “You are,” and everything goes black. *** What fucking day is it? Like that matters, Rob. When was the last time you even new what month it was? My throat itches as I find myself clearing it again. And once again, my Page 26 | The Paragon Journal

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The Paragon Journal - Issue Ten  

The Paragon Journal is an online literary journal that specializes in helping younger authors find their way in the literary world.

The Paragon Journal - Issue Ten  

The Paragon Journal is an online literary journal that specializes in helping younger authors find their way in the literary world.

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