THAT DAMN COFFEE
- Emma Klingbeil
"The distance aches for me," he said, drowning in his coffee. His fat fingers tried to coil themselves around the white ceramic cup, but they only managed to stick out harshly on the sides. This act made him seem like he was actually trying to prove something to the drink. I had known Scott for a couple weeks now. Even though I had never told him that I cared for his company (or acted like it for that matter), we had been together constantly. I'm also positive that he didn't care for mine. That's the way the cookie crumbles though. He went on and on about having loved a mermaid once, but that he couldn't bear her having to part with her sea. So, he left her. He told me that she pleaded and prayed, even groveled at his stubby feet for him to stay. Her emerald tail pounding on the sand. "No, no my dear..." he'd say, "I must go..." "I'll DIE without you my love!" she'd yell, "PLEASE! I BEG of you! Don't say goodbye to me, we can fall asleep on the shore!" "If it's meant to be, our hearts will meet again. Farewell," -and he'd leave, walking on the white sand, while she sat on her rock, arms outstretched. She killed herself the next day. (Death of a broken heart he claimed.) But that GODDAMN coffee! It just sat there under his lying chin, sitting blackly and sophisticated. It did seem to be the perfect drink for him. OH! But the mermaid was singing now, he said. Singing, "I wonder if someday you'll say you love me!" (He actually sang the words. His talk thick and disgusting from his fatty voice box.) "Creamer, sir?" a short, hollow waitress asked. One that looks forward to ripping her husband's heart out every night. A husband of forty years that prays for the bliss of death, or a never-ending coma. Where did that twinkle in her eye go? "No." he'd say. "I like it black." "-like my men," I thought. Then I let out a good hearty laugh at that.