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TITLE (EDIT)
Dinner Without Glances
DESCRIPTION
Five friends sit down to eat together with a cloud hanging over them.
[320 words]
TITLE KEYWORD
Drama
AUTHOR
Tweez
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
23. Male. English. Unmotivated.
[April 2003]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
[email protected]
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (2)
Mascara (Short Stories) Boys will be girls. [1,350 words]
Saturday (Short Stories) A couple, a car trip, a new life. [1,160 words]
Dinner Without Glances
Tweez

Oscar is the type that looks everywhere but directly at you when you speak to him. He'll gladly join us for lunch but he carries himself in a way that suggests he's eternally bored with us. I don't think we've shared two words all day.

Why we still all eat together is anyones guess but it's a habit not worth breaking. The twins, Esther and Chloe, sit together with a lifetime of shared experiences painted on their sullen faces. Somehow they share thoughts without making a sound. No one else notices.

I sit down beside Sky who barely aknowledges me, let alone shows any sign of gratitude for the food I place before him. We eat in a silent parody of how it was before George died; his empty place on the end holding our mock indifference to ransom. I pour everyone a drink of water. Not a single pair of eyes meets mine.

When I switch the radio on, just for the sake of sound other than five mouths chewing at once, the voices of proffesionally upbeat broadcasters sound alien and intrusive. No one stirs and the atmosphere, if anything, grows wider and more dense than before.

When the last dish is empty I stack them and place them in the sink, a mournful knot in my stomach twisting itself ever further into permanent residency. I suggest a walk.

At the gate at the top of the garden we all pause for me to light a cigarette. Three smiling boys passing by slow down to say hello and smile politely at everyone, the collective sorrow that flanks us evading them. I alone return their greeting with the first smile I've managed in days.

Continuing up the street, only one of the three notices a difference. "Didn't Mr Vaughan have five dogs?" he asks his friends.

Sluggishly, as if underwater, we trudge off in the other direction, a hole in the air where before there was light.

 

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STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
September 2004
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