Sequester I‘ll pretend I don‘t see you, but I can‘t pretend I don‘t still feel you. Your outline blurs when I glance at you with those two men. I think I‘ll stay here, out the way, in the background of your life. River runs over rock and lust, and it tries to erase my pain. I hear you bite an apple—your crunch ripples my blood. I won‘t taste your succulence. You risk a peek. In your nakedness, in your decadence, you smirk at the men; I know you‘re thinking of me, of us, bare and decaying too, but unlike you I can‘t ignore it. Unspoken words gnaw at my tongue; they try and pry my lips open. Still, I smile at memories I‘ve invented, at emotions I can‘t suppress. I‘ll never blame you for any of this.
Santino Prinzi is currently an English Literature with Creative Writing student at Bath Spa University, and was awarded the 2014/15 Bath Spa University Flash Fiction Prize. His flash fiction and prose poetry has been published, or is forthcoming, in various places including Litro Online, Flash Frontier, the 2014 and 2015 National Flash Fiction Day (UK) anthologies, Unbroken Literary Journal, and has been selected for The Best of Vine Leaves Journal 2015. His website is https://tinoprinzi.wordpress.com and his Twitter is @tinoprinzi.