Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Yours


Yours is a short story by Mary Robison. You can read it online here. It begins,
Allison struggles away from her white Renault, limping with the weight of the last of the pumpkins. She found Clark in the twilight on the twig- and leaf-littered porch, behind the house. He wore a tan wool shawl. He was moving up and back in a cushioned glider, pushed by the ball of his slippered foot.

Allison lowered a big pumpkin and let it rest on the porch floor.

Clark was much older than she — seventy-eight to Allison’s thirty-five. They had been married for four months. They were both quite tall, with long hands, and their faces looked something alike. Allison wore a natural-hair wig. It was a thick blonde hood around her face. She was dressed in bright-dyed denims today. She wore durable clothes, usually, for she volunteered afternoons at a children’s day-care center.

She put one of the smaller pumpkins on Clark’s long lap. “Now, nothing surreal,” she told him. “Carve just a regular face. These are for kids.”

18 comments:

  1. A really good read, I found myself wanting more at the end! Such an unusual interesting couple,

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  2. Good morning, sounds like a good story

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    1. I liked finding something seasonal :)

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  3. Oh wow. Now I HAVE to read this. Sounds intriguing.

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  4. “Now, nothing surreal,” she told him. “Carve just a regular face. These are for kids.” 🎃

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  5. Haven't time to read any more this morning as I laid in bed with a new book for quite awhile. Will check it out. Love the jack-o-lanterns photo though!

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  6. Thanks a lot, it's that time of year again! Valerie

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  7. Bookmarked! Thank you!

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  8. It's a good opening. (I confess -- I like surreal looking pumpkins!) Great photo!

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    1. I like the old type of jack o' lanterns better than the fancy modern stenciled ones.

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  9. Fabulous and I love the jack-o-lanterns, such a fun picture! Wishing you a wonderful October 😀. Hugs, Jo x

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