Pink Flowers

Microfiction

Jim Latham

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Wilted pink flowers in the foreground with an indistinct house in the background. Pink Flowers by Jim Latham | Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
Pink Flowers by Jim Latham | Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

The old man leans forward, chair creaking, bony hand beckoning. “C’mere, darlin’.”

My bare feet grip dogwood roots.

A too-white smile. Sweat dripping from his forehead.

Summer’s hot breath slips between my knees. Pink flowers wilt on overheated concrete.

“Come closer,” he says. “I’m listening.”

I haven’t said a word.

Prompted by Justin Deming of Along the Hudson

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