Sunday, November 28, 2021

Ex (short story) by Leanne Dyck

People come into your life for a reason. Sometimes it takes a while to figure out what that reason is--but there's always one. And this short story was inspired by that theory.

photo by ldyck


The elevator door slid closed and my boyfriend fell against a wall. I fell on top of him--lips first. Wet kisses. Ryan's lips are thick like an overstuffed leather loveseat. I could stay there forever, but he shoved me off. That wasn't like him. He knew how lucky he was to be with me. We'd only been together four weeks, but he knew. I mean, come on. I notice how guys look at me. I have a body other women would kill for. I'm not exaggerating. Kill. I'm a goddess. 

Holding me at arm's length, he looked across the car when he said, "Sorry, we didn't see you there."

Hidden in shadow, dressed in black, she was more like a wraith than a woman--and not our concern. 

I pushed my way to Ryan's lips, but he held me still. "Wait."

Her black stringy hair swayed as she reached for the elevator panel. "I'm sorry. I'll...I'll get off here and use the stairs." Her fat sausage index finger reached for the button.

Finally, we'll be alone, was what I thought, but Ryan said, "No, you have every right to use this elevator. We're the ones in the wrong."

Her face cracked into an awkward grin. "Thank you," she mumbled to the floor.

That's how I met her. She must have lived somewhere in the building but it was like she was the ghost of the elevator. She was always there.

A couple of days ago she was--as usual--lurking in the elevator when I got on. She was quiet for a while, but then she said, "He used to be my boyfriend. He used to call me sexy."

That's when I knew she was crazy. I mean it can't be true. can't be... 

On this blog in December...

Wednesday, December 1
Podcast: Author Reading 
Leanne Dyck
"Oh, it's just too silly... Isn't it?"

Sunday, December 5
Book Review
Thursday Night Murder Club
Richard Osman
A group of senior citizens forms a club to solve mysteries.

Wednesday, December 8
Podcast: Author Reading
Leanne Dyck
A memory of one of my favourite gifts.

Sunday, December 12
Short Story
Walk with Me
by Leanne Dyck
A trip to BC ends with a near-death experience.

Wednesday, December 15
Podcast: Author Reading 
A nice story about my parents' naughty kid.

Sunday, December 19
Book Review
As You Wish:
Inconceivable Tales From The Making of The Princess Bride
Cary Elwes

Friday, December 24
Christmas Eve
Short Story
My CBC Radio Christmas Tradition
Leanne Dyck
A short story inspired by Alan Maitland's reading of The Shepherd by Frederick Forsyth.

Sunday, December 26
Bonus Content
The Other Side
Leanne Dyck
As The Other Side was hands down the most popular "anything" I shared this year, I thought you might be interested in reading this scene.

Wednesday, December 29
Podcast: Author Reading
Listener's choice. What would you like me to record?