Got It In One

Alan P. Scott - Fictions - 100-word stories

oneirology recapitulates misogyny

She's a vision, he thinks when they meet. Smart, too - she seems to like him. They exchange names, and shake hands.

But he holds her hand a little too long...

Unbidden, another vision comes: he sees laid out the whole course of their life together. Courtship, marriage, kids, house and minivan in the suburbs... Just before he dies, ancient and satisfied, he discovers that a great-grandchild's on the way.

Soul adrift at the funeral, he hears her sighing to their closest friend.

"Thank God that's over. Now I can get on with my life."

He pulls back his hand.

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