Red-rimmed eyes darted at each new arrival. She licked down-turned lips, her chin quivered and skin splotchy. Shoulders stooped from her white knuckled arm grip as she sunk in stature to stare at her shoes.

Was she sad? Scared? Or wearing her own brand of guilt?

I knew everything about her on paper, all her fears and secrets, where I held the key that was causing her nightmares. I know she’s cheating on her boyfriend and pregnant. But who is the father?

Dare I ask?

Or do I return my bully’s journal she’d dropped on the train station floor?

(100 words)

2 thoughts on “Guilty

  1. […] Staring at your shoes is seen as being rude, while showing the soles of your shoes is a sin, or seen in bad taste. It’s also considered a huge offence to dong someone with a shoe that is a custom in Iraq and shoe tossing is a favourite insult to politicians that is almost a universal occurrence. […]


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