Every Given Moment

A dance club. We see a man and a woman pressed together, both sweating. The man attempts to whisper, but his mouth is too dry. The woman pats his head and walks to the restroom. She leans over the toilet to vomit, not remembering his face.

A man struggles to enter his truck. Fumbling in the seat for his keys; he realizes if he can start the engine, he can make it home.

A woman falls three times on her walk home. The third fall is the worst, she scrapes her knee against the sidewalk. Staggering to her feet, blood trickles down her shin. How many times could she have been assertive to make things stop?

At her house a woman sips black coffee and reads a book on self-exploration. She hesitates to answer the phone. He asks if she made it home okay last night; just wanted to make sure she was okay. She rubs her knee and tells him she is fine, and thanks. Now he hesitates; the conversation has not gone the way he intended.

A man and a woman meet for the third time. He suggests trying the beignets; she orders a muffin. They sit at a small circular table. He is cautious; she is less confident than usual. When he feels the time is right, he asks about her love life. She smiles and takes a bite of his beignet.

In her bedroom, a man and woman lie together. She had shaved her legs and other areas earlier; he’d washed with body soap. He touches her lightly on the shoulders, the lights are off. They tell each other how good they smell.

Another café; this time on a balcony. She speaks over the noise of the street below. He sits only holding his cup. She’s telling him they should slow down and see each other less. He bites his lip; perhaps that would be best.

A Thursday night and a man is in his bedroom, with a bowl of cereal. He hesitates to answer the phone. She asks how he is; it has been a while. He places the cereal on the nightstand. She second-guesses herself after confessing to missing him.

A man and a woman sit on a couch eating spaghetti. She slurps and asks about work; everything is fine. He walks to the kitchen asking where she put the salt. She tells him he was the last to use it.

A man wakes up next to a woman, in their shared bed. He lightly touches her hair and bare shoulder. Tomorrow he’ll go out; tomorrow he’ll have fun.

A woman sits on a couch with a laptop. A book of economics lies on the coffee table near a cell phone. She closes the computer and stretches on the sofa. She might call someone; but he will be home soon.

A man and woman are at dinner, a place they used to frequent. She excuses herself from the table to make a call. He eats a breadstick and has two glasses of wine; beer would be better, at home. He asks her about the phone call. Someone from school, no one he would know.

Through a window we see a man and a woman pacing inside a living room. She grabs him by the shoulders and says something, nodding her head. He pushes her away. Now he is outside. Lighting a cigarette, he thinks of a sweater she once bought him for a birthday, or Christmas. He remembers when he lost her gift, and how guilty he felt.

A woman is folding clothes into a suitcase. Music plays that she has chosen; she rethinks this choice when she begins to sob. Her hands shake; she must hurry, he will be home soon.

“All we have is each other…” he speaks loudly over the music of the club. She sways back and collapses on the couch. “I don’t know what to do,” she puts up a hand as if to guard herself from a blow…This scene never happens, but it is played out in both of their minds.

Every Given Moment

xstephens

Salt Lake City, United States

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Anyone with suggestions please help. I like this piece but I need some feedback. Thank you all.

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