Love and Will

By Stephen Dixon

20 well-crafted stories. hugely charged, insistent, frequently expressing themselves in gritty city vernacular, his narrators become ironic, delicate, self-deprecating losers and loners.

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A long way as he can make out, vivid as any lady he’s met in a yr. He’s certainly phoning her the next day. Monday evening, now not the next day. Doesn’t are looking to look too keen. Why no longer? She looked like she’d like eagerness. Directed at her, yet not only to attain. She complained how so much males she meets nowadays don’t fairly care or get fascinated with whatever yet creating wealth and getting forward. Don’t rather learn, don’t imagine a lot approximately critical issues, aren’t drawn to a lot artwork except video clips and track. She didn’t say he used to be varied than they yet implied he used to be. She additionally gave him her telephone quantity willingly adequate. He likes her identify. She turns out to come back from an excellent kin: clever, ethical, concerned, well-off. He thinks she type of took to him too. probably that’s why he should still act speedy: so she doesn’t fail to remember why she was once drawn to him, if she was once. day after today evening. No, Monday’s quickly sufficient. He hopes she paints good. If she doesn’t, he may well continually say at first—later he may possibly point together with her more—“Hell, what do i do know? ” most sensible flooring. Roof stairs and door. consistently attempting to get a glance at him to determine if he potential it—seemed he did. Had essentially the most maniacal faces she’s even visible, while she observed him simply that one glimpse. narrow, younger, pungent, wiry, ruthless, cagey-looking. He’s loopy. He’s going to kill her. If it used to be simply theft he could have taken the bag from her downstairs and fled. Knife isn’t on her neck anymore. Rape and doubtless kill her. She has to discover how to escape. She has to scream, run, kick, possibly at the roof. Now she’s pondering. Roof, the place there’s house. Stairs he’s acquired her trapped. This building’s hooked up to the nook one and until there’s barbed cord or anything setting apart the 2 roofs, she will be able to make a run for it yelling for all time. decide up a brick in the event that they have one at the roof and he’s cornered her opposed to anything like a wall or by way of a roof aspect and throw it at him. whatever: the teeth, knees and fists after which down a hearth get away, yet to flee. There’s person who is going all of the well past her bed room window to the slender alleyway at the flooring flooring. nook development should have one too. If no longer, down her building’s hearth break out screaming, knocking, banging, breaking the entire home windows alongside the way in which if she has to until somebody comes, wakes up, shouts, no matter what, yet is helping chase the fellow away. Tenant hears footsteps at the roof correct above her. Who can be up there this hour? hassle. both a few junkies bought within the development or nook one round the corner and acquired to the roof that means and are doping up. Or winos or runaways or simply simple bums creating a domestic for the evening up there? Why can’t it rain now or snow? Get them off. She simply hopes the roof door’s locked tight so that they don’t commence strolling down the building’s stairs and making noise and throwing up within the hallways as what occurred once or twice or attempting all of the doorways. What else might it's up there yet anything lousy? She hopes now not an individual pressured to move for the worst of reasons. That’s occurred on one or different structures round the following yet by no means hers.

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