Excellent writing, everyone should read it at least twice.
[a short story by ~burning woman~ ]
“Don’t mince words: come right out and tell us!” There is much anger in those voices, but more, it is a challenge, a challenge to back up my words; to prove myself. Funny part is, that’s the very last thing I want to be able to do, but “they” don’t get it. How many times do I have to say it: “I don’t want to be right. But you have to prove me wrong!”
But instead, they shuffle back onto the porch of the old honky-tonk – well, so to speak – and with hands in pockets, slouch forward, looking down at me standing in the mud of the partially thawed parking lot. The garish red neon sign casts its bloody glow upon the surface between pickup trucks; bits of frozen soil reflect the light like rubies. Thousands of fake rubies on…
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