What can YOU say in six sentences?
She found him on that rough-hewn hickory bench on the back porch, head down, elbows on knees, breathing. Fall wasn’t there yet but it was at the door, wiping its feet on the mat, and her breath curled and floated in the night air.
“Naw, just couldn’t sleep.”
She sat down beside him and said nothing for a while and in time a mother deer and two fawns wandered around the side of the house and nosed around the back yard, delicate in the ghostlight, and he said he didn’t know why and bit his lip so she knew he was lying. She looked at the peaks in the distance and it seemed they crowded each other like children at a magic show, pressing and jostling to get a better view of the lowlands, a head between each set of shoulders, and she wondered what they were waiting to see.