In Poems & Fiction

Audio Reading of “Hatchet Job” read by Xe Sands

 

Hatchet Job 

Her departure was as final as a stone placed over a newly closed grave. I should have seen it coming.  A week before she left to return to her husband, she cut her own hair, using only a butcher’s knife and no mirror.

Six months passed and I got up enough nerve to phone her–not from our old apartment, of course, but from a pay phone outside a Bar we used to drink in, together on the East Side, called Capone’s.  She answered the phone, but hung up the second I said her name…didn’t even give me a chance to say hello.

That’s what really killed me.

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