Wind Eggs
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Wind Eggs

The fastest trip to the future is on the river of denial

Expectations

Romance in the Red Zone

Source image by Chí Nguyển Quốc

Igor stood at the bar chugging beer from a pitcher and rooting for football with his rowdy ogre brothers. It was the second game of the day and he wanted to stick around for the Sunday night game that would follow. The quarterback plunged into the end zone and they all threw up their hands to cheer. Now his team was trailing only 17–35. He’d bet two hundred on a three point spread after his team lost 27–37 on three hundred dollars with a four point spread in the first game.

His girlfriend Sue sat at a table with her friend Penelope, thumbing through her iPhone. Penelope ordered another round. Both knew Sue would be on the hook for the five plus whatever Igor lost on the night game.

The quarterback plunged into the end zone and they all threw up their hands to cheer. Now Igor’s team was trailing only 17–35.

‘You really want to marry that guy?’

Sue imagined how beautiful she’d be in her wedding gown. Carrying a bouquet of yellow roses with a six foot train trailing the aisle. They would play Barry Manilow for the wedding march. Tears gathered in the corners of her eyes.

She sighed. A joyful sigh. Wistful and filled with anticipation. ‘He’ll change for me.’

Six-years later, he hadn’t.

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Wry noir author Phillip T. Stephens wrote Cigerets, Guns & Beer, Raising Hell, the Indie Book Award winning Seeing Jesus, and the children’s book parody Furious George. Follow him @stephens_pt.

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