What can YOU say in six sentences?
She is in the overly bright church fellowship hall, holding a paper plate and plastic utensils while she stands in line at a potluck, weighing the merits of lasagna over mac and cheese, and wondering if it might be a good idea to hit the dessert table before settling, which is a strategy that ensures you will not miss the chocolate cake.
He is the Deacon, and ahead of her in line; his wife died a month ago.
Having forgotten to pick up a napkin, he turns and asks her to please hand him one, and she inquires,
“How are you?”
in the automatic fashion one uses to be polite, without really engaging in a conversation.
he replies, and stares at her eyes for an unsettling, very direct moment, and she notices that his are a strange greenish color, with dark blue rims, and she can think of nothing to say other than
Later, when she is walking across the parking lot, heat lightening is hopscotching across the clouds, and the wind is making bright drifts of sand from the road roll like waves. She listens for thunder climbing the stairs with heavy feet, and considers the dangers of being outside, and alone, with the warm and cool air mixing across her skin and in her hair, under a fierce and waiting sky.