Roll the tape back to the beginning.
I worked mixing paint and locksmithing at a True Value hardware. A woman needed key copies for her apartment. She wanted to hide a couple for contingencies.
“You never know when a backup will save you.”
She later ended up marrying a guy who took enough architecture classes to be dangerous but didn’t complete his undergraduate degree. Me.
She nearly left my life, never to cross paths again, except I felt a strong impulse to break True Value policy and buck my own slow-moving nature. I asked if she’d like to see a movie. Maybe drive around looking at mansions?
That evening I pointed out styles to Jane as we rolled through the fancy neighborhood at 10 mph. Italianate, Federal, Tudor, Chateau, Eastlake. Storybook. Already we were going places.
—From the author’s in-progress manuscript, In the Location
Business, a collection primarily of microfictions.
short collection Ingenue was a winner of the Celery City contest. His digital
chapbook, Life-wish Maintenance, is available free at Right Hand
Pointing. Recent work appears in Beatnick Cowboy, Flash Frontier, and